I trade him in the off season
Luv him but this is business , I couldnt care about optics from my GM chair
We did fine unloading Max , we could get a similar return
Bottom line we stink , we need assets to work with us in 4 years
He is 28 going on 32 body wise , not a chance I offer him 6...
I agree 100% in that time frame
Teams were not lining up for ME PK services
Given Nero wanted to win there was no other deal to be made
It was simply a deal that made no sense for us from a logical hockey move
It was always going to be a lateral type move , we were not a 6 away from anything
How can they set a flat cap if revenues probably drop 20% especially in many US cities
We probably wont see venues filled for 2 more years , thats multi millions lost at the gate /concessions/suites etc...
The NFL with their massive revenue stream has sources indicating their cap might drop...
Great posts by both of you
We didnt need to resign Price to that moronic contract
No one was going 7x 12 to match it
Remember , we inked him a year earlier before his shit season
Who the hell was going to throw 12 mil at a 31 year old coming off a terrible year who hasnt been a top 10...
Then blunder #2 came with inking Price
The rest of the league was shying away from paying goalies as cups were won without anyone carrying you anymore
We end up overpaying for a goalie when nobody got paid in half a decade more than Lundquist
Every other position got new salary ceilings ...
I know 8 years is way too long to keep a GM when you suck shit
However by know we should of had 3-4 core players on this active roster to work with for 3-4 years
We have zilch , thats pathetic and upsetting
We might be the only team since 2012 that hasnt developed a core player
Great post GGPX , as usual your flair and insight is appreciated
My thoughts are as follows
We are fukced as you say because Nero never understood where this team stood in the NHL food chain
You have to look in the mirror and clearly determine WTF are you in this league ....Contender ...
Absolutely , did a great job of development and not rushing players
Have to give some credit to Babs as well . Say what you want about his player usage but he was the right coach to instill discipline and end the country club atmosphere .
But you had the luck to have those players available...
You have had great luck with the right lottery drafts and made smart picks , excluding Matthews a no brainer
Reily, Willy , Matthews, Marner ....thats a hell of a haul over a 4 year period
You made smart moves and finally decided to start fro scratch ....at least you had a plan