In a lot of ways, 2010-2011 is the year we're building for.
I believe Lou has realized that there was no one on the market who would put us over the top this season. Realizing the cap will possibly come down next year, he has opted to save money so he can act on any quality opportunities that come our way without fear of the cap constraints.
He's biding his time, waiting for our recent (and quality) draft picks to be ready so we can really roll out a hungrier, younger, and cap friendly team.
This is what I've been looking for since last night and should be required reading for the Devils fan whiners that are complaining about not making a move. We don't have the room to make a move for a long-term deal! Not if you actually bother to look ahead to '10-11 and most fans don't. It's not like any of these deals are coming off the books next year.
Of that nearly $10 million for ten players, at least $4 million has to account for signing a minimum salary guy. Then you factor in raises for Martin, Clarkson, Bergfors not to mention long-term deals for Parise and Zajac, Lou HAD to stay out of UFA unless someone's willing to come here on a one-year deal.
Nobody wants to look. People are ignorant.
The same people that ***** about Lou not doing anything, will be the same people having an aneurysm after Martin walks next year because he gave out a terrible, multi-year contract to some guy this year.
So we have 7 million to sign 2 players...Lang, Zubov, maybe even Sundin? I think we would be dumb not to add one of those players if we could, and if we can't get those guys then sign some other cheap veterans like Shanahan to play on the bottom lines. I'd just hate to see 7 million not even being used.
Originally Posted by New Jersey Devils
isn't romano an isle now?
I can not figure out why we let him go to the Islanders. He may have been the most exciting player in our system. NYI signed him to a 3 year NHL entry level contract right away. I actually watched the scrimmage over the weekend, Romano and Baily looked faster, smarter more aggresive then everyone. Lou let a diamond in the rough go...He must of been worth alot to the Isles, a 4 year player in Ben Walter and a 2012 draft pick is a hell of alot for a 21 year OHL Star...