I don't want him, but depending on how much he signs for, I wouldn't really have a problem.
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I really like his style, but he will be severely overpaid... my guess around $4m when he should get no more than 2.8-3.
exactly my thoughts. He is a good player, but IMO his stats are inflated playing with that caps team, and if I remember correctly he does get some PP time. He will definitely get around the 3.5-4 Mil range and that should be out of the question for us.
Only way i see us going for him is if we lose out on Richards. Sign him for top 9 C depth and than package one of Stepan/Anisimov during the season when we can use Drurys LTIR money for a legitimate first line center. Hopefully Richards signs here instead.
He's due for a big pay day and pretty much brings what we have a lot of. If we didn't have guys like him already I'd be more intrigued, but at his price, he doesn't bring what we need. We need high end scoring and a veteran third pairing d-man, IMO.
i really hope there is no way in hell that brooks laich is plan b. i hope its more of testing the waters with him and his agent to see what he could ask. this guy is a produc of his environment and will probably not be as good here i think. i do like him but he is just not what we need
Yeah, Laich also has had his recent success largely in part because he plays on a team with Ovie, Semin, Backstrom, Green and so many other offensive threats. Between playing WITH them and not being a key threat people focus on, he has all kinds of space that he wouldn't have here.