Pfft, I'd rather have Doan at 7.5 for 4 than Leino at 4.5 for 6. At least if Doan's play goes down, we're getting a good two way player that's physical with leadership as opposed to a one dimensional, prima-donna soft whiner.
That being said, I don't want two stupid contracts bogging us down so it's a no from me.
I'll be happy that they signed him, ecstatic even. Funny thing though, I'll be expecting a magic trick of some sort over the next several years that will make his contract, sensible. Signing Doan will force moves and reshape the roster for years to come, perhaps even beyond his usefulness.
I vote no, because my deepest fear is that it will make resigning Vanek to difficult. But, I still want them to.
Ruff is on the hot seat. 2 years of no playoffs and 6 years of not getting out of the first round (following this season) would put the onus directly on Darcy to fire him.
Sabres will overpay for Doan because with the current roster, making the playoffs is a possibility. Making it into the 2nd round without Doan seems highly unlikely.
Would I like to have Doan for 3 yrs/ $6mil per.....yes. 4/$30...no.
It's sad that no one Darcy has drafted has stepped up to provide leadership and toughness, so now they WILL have to overpay...ugh
I'd do it, though I wish there was choice three: "I'd do it, knowing it's a massive overpayment."
The future of the team - the team that can compete for the Cup - likely takes form somewhere around 2014 with the full time additions of Grigorenko, Girgensons, Armia, Pysyk, etc. to a roster that should already have (or still have) Hodgson, Ennis, Foligno, Myers, Sekera, McNabb, etc. That's a lot of young players able to be influenced. A guy like Doan is the type of player I want around all those previously listed, showing them the ropes of being a professional.
$7.5M is ridiculous for Doan. Sure, the team gets a power forward with a two-way game. And the risk is pretty high. I'm OK with it, knowing that what Buffalo's really paying for is the transfer (hopefully!) of professionalism, determination, and hard work from Doan to that list of young players. I'd pay $7.5M for that.
Not a popular position. . . and I know that as I post this. . . but I'll take it. Commence the beating.
Why are we comparing Leino to Doan? The difference between $7.5 and $4.5 is huge. Doan would be a good influence for our young players, but $7.5M for a player of Doan's caliber aged 35-39 is just rediculous.