This is the bogus argument that upsets me.
Tootoo = 1.5
Sammy = 3
Colo = 2
Gustavsson = 1.5
Bertuzzi = 1.5
Huskins = .5
And that's a bogus list. Gustavsson is a backup goalie, you must have 2 goalies on your roster. Not would like. Not should. Must have. $1.5M for a backup is peanuts.
Bertuzzi - this is the first season where he's been out for any length of time, his health has been excellent in his second spell. $1.5M for a veteran forward who provides the size, skill-set and points that Bert does is an absolute bargain.
Huskins - minimum salary for an emergency signing to cover a crippling injury crisis? FFS, what the hell do you want from Ken Holland? Do you remember our injury list when we were forced to sign Huskins? When we didn't have 6 fit defencemen to put on the ice? And you do realise that we cannot physically pay less than $0.5M for a player? And you do realise that when our injury crisis on D went away Ken Holland traded him off the roster?
Colo was a gamble but a cheap gamble. Tootoo provides something that no other player on our roster does.
I'll give you Sammy though, injured or healthy he's not worth that contract.