I kind of want to reserve judgement until the new pp/forward coach shows his mettle, bc last season was an abomination, and I don't want to just blame blash bc I honestly think he delegates power to try to make things right. But if special teams don't improve by the end of the year, I'll blame it all on blashill, toi/usage of players not withstanding, that is.So I agree with you, but a leash only gets so long.
It's gotta be hard coming into an organization that hasn't missed the playoffs for 25 years. And on topic, I agree this contract is probably on the higher side for a fourth liner, but honestly man, it could be worse.
If we didn't have e and howie signed to the deals eyes are (and I really don't think howies deal is THAT bad in context) along with the Weiss deal/buyout, I don't think this contract would be too much of a problem. Ya know?
If we had prime z and d, we wouldnt have to worry about that though.
They could go out against anyone and score 90pts/yr, everyone knows were in transition, so taking pressure off our most skilled players (at this point still our older guys for the most part) with guys who can handle the harder minutes isn't as big of a deal as it seems.
Once we get the talent on the big club to take over, it won't matter, but then we'll still have a few years of them being cost controlled snyway. So it's almost inconsequential either way.