Unless Phaneuf ups his game in the very near future, I disagree. Cap hits are a major factor here.
Wait and see what Calgary does with the cap space from this move before making any conclusions.
As we have seen with Souray/Redden/Finger, rich teams will always be able to bury money in the minors, so even if Phaneuf was a salary dump by the Flames in which we were paid Aulie to take him, and he ends up with Finger in the minors,we still win the deal IMHO;and that is the absolute worst case scenario to ever happen on the Leafs end. Its unfortunate because Hagman was pretty good during his tenure here but I guess it just didn't work out in Calgary.
Your second point I agree; even though Haggy was underproducing for the Flames there has to be more to this story as he is bound to be scooped up. I remember last season before the Phaneuf deal rumours were a 2nd/prospect from western teams for Hagman. His stock can't have slipped that much from one season to the next. Its not like he is Komisarek....
Hagman is certainly not lazy. He's one of the hardest working players I've seen for his skill set. I don't know if it's the system that's the problem or what, but unless Feaster turns this capspace into a top 6 forward or top 4 defenceman, I won't be happy.
The only thing lopsided in the Leafs favour is Phaneuf's contract vs. performance - as in lopsided bad.
TO is paying their captain $7M for: 43GP 2-13-15pts, -8, this year.
That's the epitome of awful ROI on a big chunk of your Cap and nothing to brag about "stealing" from another team.
yes but it was this terrible contract that made Phaneuf tradeable in the first place.
If he was making 3 million bucks he wouldn't have been dealt.
Its not like there aren't other overpaid players in the league and hes not even the most overpaid player on the Leafs.
People talk about salary like its coming out of their own pocket and I feel place too much emphasis on it. I realize there are cap implications nowadays but its not the end of the world having an overpaid player or two on the team.
Phaneuf IMHO is changing his game from what he was in Calgary to reflect the new NHL. Im seeing a poor mans Scott Stevens in the future with Phaneuf, and to think that we got an impressive prospect alongside him only makes the deal sweeter. Not to mention he has been the mentor to Schenn which may have saved his career from the fire after the toronto media ripped him to shreds during his half season sophomore slump.
could this mean a huselius deal. They were speculating on HNIC that he asked to be dealt back to Calgary but the flames didnt have the cap space. I also believe i saw something on the ticker about Huselius leaving practice for an undetermined reason
Aulie has got to make this deal sting for the Flames
Not really. We have 3-4 guys in our system that we had ahead of Aulie. Just something we had to add in order to get rid of the biggest cancer this team has seen since Brett Hull. Listening to what Rhett Warrener was saying about him (on his new time slot on the Fan960) and the stuff he would pull in the locker room I would have probably given another first just to get him out of town...