Your argument doesn't hold water with me. These guys do two entirely different things. You don't get paid for minutes played. You can't prorate it like that. Christensen is not in a position to be making demands when he was getting waived through the league last season, not Boogaard. And if golden boy Staal had half an ounce of testosterone in his body, maybe the NY goal crease wouldn't be fair game for anybody in an opposing sweater to go crashing through. But since he doesn't, I guess maybe he should keep his mouth shut. That is, of course, if he's even here at the end of the day because I think his contract demands are going to get him run out of town.
I'm no where near suggesting Staal should get a 4.5-6whatever contract. My point was that the values are vastly disproportionate to the role they play. Yes, these guys are two different things. One is a UFA goon who will play 6-8 minutes a night and the other is a RFA #1 d-man on our team who plays 20-25 minutes a game and prevents other teams top scorers from doing their job. Who else on our team can stop Ovechkin? It isn't going to be Boogaard. Still, how are you gonna explain how Boogaard got over 500k more than what Shelley signed for?
Who cares what the talking heads on TV think? They are ON TV for a reason. They aren't GM's for a reason.
A 6 year old who's doesn't even understand the game of hockey could have pointed out what a terrible signing this. This has Brashear, Voros, Rissmiller, Hall, Kalinin, Kotalik, and Redden written all over it. It's an idiotic signing that doesn't make sense. It just goes to sure you how ****ed up Sathers priority's are.
How can you really start making this argument when we have had Drury and Redden vastly overpaid and killing us on the cap for years? A 1.65M contract is not the issue that needs to be addressed.
Drury and Redden are exactly why I can make this argument. Our cap is so screwed that we don't have any flexibility to be make these signings. that extra 500k is a lot and I feel Sather could have gotten a better value. Again, Shelley signs at 1.1 per. We liked him. How did we not resign him? It's like another poster said, Colton Orr situation all over again except instead of overpaying for Brashear we are overpaying for Boogaard. THANK GOD we can at least bury his contract if we need to. Think about this, what 4th liner gets paid that much money? For him to earn that money he's gonna have to goon it up all the time and turn into a phenomenal forechecker, shot blocker, and goalie screen. For that money I'm expecting 10 goals which I don't think he's capable of.
Personally I do not give a flippin' rip what the rest of the hockey world thinks of us as NYR fans.
They HATE NY. Always will. Comes with territory.
Some people on this baord are akin to high school girls they even complain about their popularity in the eyes of the rest of hockey hahaha.
Seriously 1.6 is really bad for 4 years but these are the types of contracts you should ******* up if any because they won't cripple a team.
I'm not loving it but i'm tempering my reaction. So many people overreact and make irrational points like "He scores no goals!!!!" He's the top guy in the league doing what he does. if you overpay a goon at least overpay for the best. He's not ancient like Brashear and Shelley which is also a huge plus. Between Shelley brashear and Boogaard guess what the highest goal scorer amongst them was... 5 goals. Shelley had like 2 all last season and I think they were in consecutive games with us. Trust me Boogaard's lack of goal scoring will not be a problem. neither will hugging people and being useless on the ice. (He can hit when he isn't fighting and clear the crease.)
I give the signing a C due to length and money. Overall a B+ FA so far for us.
As low as my opinion of talking heads on TV is, my opinion of internet message board posters is even lower...
eh the more I think about it...Sather overpaid true...but the guy should do his job and its not THAT much more money than he deserved...
I don't give a damn if he beats the crap out of every hockey payer in the entire eastern conference. He's not worth 1.65M. Not on his most glorious day. There are goons who can actually play hockey, that earn less than Boogaard. Terrible signing. Sather's a fool.