The Leafs weren't forced to waste there cash away, for the 1st time in 20 years the expectations this year are alot lower and evreybody in Leaf land is starting to realise that you can't build a team threw signings, but getting Finger brings absolutely nothing, not now or for the future, they we're better off doing absolutely nothing or at the very least bying out Bryan Mccabe
Why? All they are doing is burning cash. The signing doesn't strap the organization from rebuilding. It doesn't make the team that much better if at all. There is a chance he may actually become a very good player later on. Besides, if they can't buy out McCabe, at least they won't need that money he's strapped with till after his contract is up. More time for the Leafs to get good draft picks. Really, all this is doing is burning MLSE's money...which they have loads of.
Which would you rather: Sign a huge name player and pay 100 times too much or sign a few lesser players for a lesser amount and have more to work with?
I'd perfer the latter. I think it's great we have a GM that won't overpay for someone like Hossa. We have great prospects and young guys to develop. We don't need a Hossa.
Wow great move by the Rangers. Two nice acquisition by New York, definitely the team to beat this year in the Eastern Conference IMO. Theyve added Redden, possibly a sure 1st or 2nd defensemen in any team plus a top 6 forward. Add that to the likes of Drury, Gomez and Lundqvist and you have a pretty darn good core of players right there.
He's just a complimentary player anyways, and he obviously doesn't care about winning, he wouldn't fit in Montreal...
But seriously, Ken Holland is a jerk. Resigning Stuart for 3.75 went unnoticed yesterday but was probably the best deal of the day when you consider the price paid for other dmen. Probably the best top 4 in the league with Lids, Rafalski, Kronwall and Stuart.
Then he gets Conklin, who looks to be a serviceable backup, for 700K and now his top 6 just got more dangerous. With Datsyuk-Zetterberg-Hossa you're looking at a serious possibility for 3 guys on the same team breaking the 100 point barrier.
What's also genius about this move is that Holland knows this is a one year chance to repeat the Cup. In the summer of 09, he's got to resign Zetterberg and Franzen, which will probably cost upwards of 10 million, so why not take a shot this year when a lot of guys are still under lower contracts.