he is an offensive forward. likely he plays in the top 6 or doesnt play. it means he is not skating 4th line energy or 3rd line checking. thats all that tells me.
the $600k contract or lowest paycheck on the team should tell anyone including wolski he is not signed as a starting top 6 player
this. i suspect he gets a chance to earn the spot in camp along with all the other "offensive" forwards not named Alex or Nick. Whether WW even makes the big club or not, it's a no-risk signing that doesn't keep GMGM from making a trade if he can, and maybe even provides a nice inexpensive, extra piece to throw into a package.
No one is ever told he's earmarked for the #13 slot. 'We see you as injury reserve, Mac.'
He could well play some top six minutes, but just because he was told it is so, that doesn't mean it's true. Marius Pathogen was told the same thing. Someone was lied to; no reason it can't just as easily be both of them.
In itself, good signing for sure -- zero risk, player with talent. The kind of move a lot of us expected, for sure.
I suppose this means that the Caps won't be signing any more UFAs.
The positive is that with a roster more or less complete, they can sit back and wait for the right trade to come up, assuming they're still looking to get better.
The negative is -- if this roster indeed stays as is, hard to see it make big waves in playoffs. A lot of players that haven't quite "arrived" -- MJ, MP, Wolski; how Ribeiro will mesh with available personnel is also a question -- we don't really have the type of wingers he had in Dallas, and Ovi requires a special kind of fit..
So.. good signing that doesn't really change expectations from the season..