You'd think that'd be the case, but you never know, there has to be some signifigant interest now that Foote is gone. Hatcher getting 4 to 4.5 mil would not surprise me at all after see what Zubov and Foote got.
Well Foote got $4.5 Mil largely because Columbus has very few high salary players, they can afford to pay him that much. Foote was one of the top FA's this year, one of the most sought after defenseman - if he commanded $4.5 I just can't see Hatcher getting over $4. We'll see...
Maybe, but not all teams need a "crease clearing" defenseman. Most teams will be looking at Niedermayer, Gonchar, Aucoin, Leetch, and maybe even Rathje before they look at Hatcher. Foote and Zubov got around $4.5 million, but they're legit top 1/2 defenseman; at this point, coming off a season with an injury that went poorly, Hatcher is not considered to be that.
I like this kind of signing. NHL depth at the minimum salary - and a guy who really produced in some key situations for the Phantoms. I'm not sure if he has a waiver-exempt contract, but getting guys who can perform at minimum prices really helps this year and long-term when it comes to signing top-end players. In this new NHL, role (read: cheap, reliable if unspectacular) players are more important than ever. It's like...Moneypuck.
Why not? Hatcher is now the best defensive/crease clearing dman out there right?
I think the other reason his price may come down is his last year with Detroit was not what one would call "stellar", and there are questions lingering about his knee injury. Hopefully that makes him more affordable, and it also is why people are rating Mike Rathje higher than him...less of an injury risk, more of a steady player. But it appears that perhaps the Flyers have both??? Man, if so, Bobby Clarke may be busy trying to lock up GM of the year early.