I'm happy with this. I think it's good value. To those that don't...4.5 it would have been fine with everyone...I would rather overpay the scorer and set up on the top lines and use kids on the lower lines for cheap than not retain the scorers and pay more for veteran grinders
Find me one UFA who signed for 5M and scored 70 points?
At 4M, you have Jardan Staal, Derek Roy, Handzus, Boyes and Horton.
Roy, Horton and Staal signed as RFA...
None of those players were impending UFAs. That status alone is good to give you 1 million bucks more...
Anyways, I'm happy. There was no better options at this point. Sure there was Marleau, but there was no guarantee we would have been able to sign him. And I like Plekanec more than Lombardi, who would most likely have been our plan B.
I'm all for that, even if AK does come back, because the team can't find any suitors, you can share Eller's time between the 4th line centre and this wing spot. You keep the 3rd line role for someone with experience like Moore or Lapierre at worst, and you can still slot Moen, Pyatt, White & Darche as 13th forward.