Ericsson is not very effective yet. And I'd argue they would be in a worse situation because you would be stuck with mediocre defenseman for 5-8 more years. If Enstrom hit the open market, and Holland didn't go after him I'd hold him accountable. But the players you mentioned would not make us a better team in the long term, although that is just my opinion of course.
Our penalty kill percentage plummeted after Ericsson was hurt last year. Bobcock himself discussed how valuable Ericsson was in that regard. Also, every contract I would have signed would have expired no later than five years from now, I have no idea where you're getting 8 years from. Allen's contract will expire when he's 35, Wiz's when he's 33, and Carle's at 33. We'd have had them all during their primes, we wouldn't have been paying any of them when they were old and ineffective, and at least two of the three have a ton of potential trade value considering they can score.
I know all about the new CBA, thanks. All of the players you named could either be traded or would be taken on waivers before we tried to buy them out. Which just makes it a stupid argument is all.
If they're claimed off waivers they wouldn't count against our cap, so the money's clear either way. And the buyouts apply to contracts signed before the new CBA as Wade Redden found out.
Yea, umm he'd have to sign these guys during the old CBA.
Wade Redden was signed under the old CBA and bought out under the new one. Cleary, Bert, or Ericsson could be too. Next.
The lineup I posted above was easily possible, and money could still easily be cleared in the future to resign Flip, Howard, and Brunner while still staying under the 64.5 cap for next year. Naysay all you guys want, but it's true.
Edited by kipwinger, 22 January 2013 - 02:32 PM.