I'll try to dissect this. Abby, Eaves, and Miller haven't been pulling their contract weight?
Abby (4th line center) 1.8m this season, while filling in on the top 6 while we're injured as hell. Works on the forecheck, tries to disrupt to corners, and is one of the only people that can win a puck battle and get it back to the D on the powerplay. Previous seasons of 19pts/22pts for a 4th line center. Certainly isn't pulling his weight....
Eaves (4th line winger) 1.2m this season, coming off of an injury that held him sidelined for a year. Comes back, and fits in good. Works the forecheck, can work as an energetic winger and one of our BEST penalty killers. Previous seasons of 26pts/14pts. Certainly isn't pulling his weight....
Miller (4th line winger) 837,500 this season. Outstanding penalty killer, role player, and occasionally pots em. Previous seasons of 19pts/18pts/25pts with an upward trajectory. Certainly isn't pulling his weight
So you're telling me you would roll out under 4m within 3 outstanding role players and just let them crawl away to waivers... thank GOD you're not GM of ANY team.
Next point with the East. Stiffer competition? What the HELL? Where have you been? The West has been dominate of the East. We have closer playoff races, the point totals are closer, the skill level is elevated. The West is the rougher conference, and we'll be moving to the East that will cut travel down significantly. So magically, going to an weaker conference and getting less travel is going to equate to stiffer competition? Just doesn't add up.
Okay, so let's try the, "What have you done for me lately?" angle.
Danny Cleary - $2.8 Mil - 26 GP / 5 G/ 2 A / 7 PTs / -4 / 2nd LINE
Abdelkader - $1.8 Mil - 26 GP / 1 G / 1 A / 2 PTs / -3 / 2nd LINE
Eaves - $1.2 Mil - 18 GP / 1 G/ 5 A / 6 PTs / +5 / 3rd LINE
Miller - $837,500 - 26 GP/ 2 G / 3 A / 5 PTs / 0 / 4th LINE
Tatar - $840,000 Cap hit / NHL Salary - $600,000 - 18 GP / 4 G / 3 A / 7 PTs / +2 / 3rd LINE (Now gone.)
I understand the things they do on the ice count into it, but it ISN'T WORKING, the numbers don't lie. Are they on the wrong lines? Oh yes, I agree but, we needed a change and I personally don't think this was the right one is all.
Edited by JasonNewEra, 12 March 2013 - 11:22 PM.