Let our division foe take the buyout caphit for the next 6 years. Can't imagine they will do this.....but they are kinda stuck.
I'm not advocating dealing for him. I'm just sitting back to watch what Leafland has to do -- using the compliance on Komisarek and not Liles could be biting Nonis in the nether bits to the tune of nearly a million a year for SIX YEARS. I am mildly amused by this thought.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. - Aristotle
I do buy the homesick story after the lockout. But, we'll never really know.
I agree----him playing in the KHL over the lockout was a huge factor in this.
I think alot of people seemed to have forgotten that back in the early 80s when europeans were rather rare....a few came over as an adventure. When they got older they would usually opt to leave the league and go back to play in their home country when they were on the other side of 30.
Can't imagine the impact on him will be noticeable. His 5-hole can't really get much bigger, and he's already used to not taking up much net at his size.
I feel like the new pad regulations would have a much bigger impact on larger goalies, who are used to -- between their size and the pads' -- not having to move much to make most of their saves.
Given that the size is proportional to your body, the taller goalies will lose less than a shorter goalie that traditionally has had a huge thigh rise.
Lundqvist is the poster child for this. His pads will be waaaaaay shorter than they were a few years ago with the 38" max. He reportedly had 34+4" pads previously. My guess is that he might be down to a 34+1" or 34+2". That's 4 to 6 less inches of pad in the 5 hole for him.