30 point guys go for 3 million, not 5.5. Hate this deal so much. He's scored over 40 once on a stacked team. Definitely not expecting him to beat that on the Florida Panthers. If he can't stay healthy, do the above and score 50 points this deal will haunt us. We could have overpaid on a defenseman instead of a C.
I was trying to be realistic with my expectations. My assumption is that Tallon is bringing him in for a specific role. Just trying to figure what exactly that could be. He is not going to stay healthy for the entire five years. He is not going to put up points because he is not that kind of player.
I agree with you. This contract is awful. Why not just give Vanek 10 million if you are going to overpay ? If you are going to overpay may as well get a goal scorer or a commodity that isn't easily found. Personally, I would have rather signed Goc, Ott, or Grabovski for 2 to 3 million for the 3C role. Maybe those guys don't have the "intangibles" that Bolland has, but the trouble with "intangibles" is that they don't do anything from IR.
Originally Posted by Knightmare
Guys it's a bad contract, sure. But the hate has gotten ridiculous... It's a huge overpayment but Bolland is a player who is going to really help us when he's on the ice. When Chi won the cup, he was being touted as one of the best shutdown centers in the game, and was consistently nullifying guys like Sedin and Thornton to win those series. Clearly some of that rubbed off on Toews, and maybe Tallon sees something different than we all do in terms of the development of Bjugstad and Barkov.
I'm not trying to say I'm happy with the deal, I'm just saying that there has to be something the casual fan isn't seeing in Bolland that makes him worthy of even asking for 5+ mil in the first place, let alone getting it. All I'm trying to say is we're not throwing away the money, we're still getting a damn good player out of it
I'm hoping that this is the case. I wonder what Bolland's advanced stats are like.
I know points aren't everything but this is just bad. Mostly because of the length 5 years is horrendous no way to justify it. If they needed to get to the cap give him 7 million for 3 years? or don't sign him at all
Another point about those saying "we could have used Bollands money to sign Vanek, Moulson, Cammo"
Doesn't anyone think maybe they didn't want to come here regardless? I'm sure Tallon kicked tires on all of them, but it takes 2 to tango.
What is Tallon doing? Spending money on the Bollands of the world is only going to screw us more long term. 5.5 mil....did he stop watching the nhl these last two years? His blind love for his boys will be his downfall. The bolland move reeks of desperation. I get the feeling Tallon is grasping for straws at this point and this is the best he could do. I don't think he lasts another year, but we'll see. I also think he sees bolland as a 1-2C. Once again, this team passing off 3rd liners as top 6 talent......
Leaf fans were always pissed at Bolland for not developing a rapport with the GM/ownership after what they gave up to get him. He was quoted saying "Florida had the money, Toronto didnt" so basically he just chased the cash. So not only is he not a good player, he isn't a good franchise guy. Perfect.