Not sure why people are happy that a team competing for a playoff spot with the Leafs is getting better. You people really like draft picks that much that you would rather a better draft position over a playoff spot?
I don't think they are necessarily better for signing Semin.
After we sign Franson and Scrivens we'll probably have just about $7 million left and people want to use it all on Semin? We were 10th in scoring last year and added JVR, scoring goals was never our problem.
It's a good deal for carolina because they were under the cap floor and don't score a lot of goals.
I'm just completely confused by the Leafs taking this as good news. We could have had a big, mega talented potential 40 goal scorer on a risk free 1 year deal.
Instead he goes to a team that will likely be amongst our main competition in reaching the post season this making the task of playoff hockey that much harder.
DING DING DING!
I have been trying to understand this myself. Why are we so happy he signed with someone else in our conference???
This would have been an easy contract for us to swallow next season, considering there isn't much of anythign left in UFA and we still got $9mil in cap space! One year deal at even $8mil would have been fine, then decide next July what we want to do.
Not to mention we could have easily moved a few contracts for picks at the deadline, if that was needed.