Posted 08 June 2013 - 03:37 AM
118 to 55 votes
Speaks wonders to me on this issue and thread still at hand lol
I voted no for this summer, but for next summer? It has to be seriously, seriously considered. He'll be 34 next summer, and we've still got another 6 years of that $4M cap hit after that. Buying him out next summer means we get the best out of the contract - cheap cap hit whilst he's at his peak, no declining production from an overpaid vet. It also means we don't get brutalised later on if he retires or we have to buy him out.
The money we'll still have to pay him is irrelevant. Ilitch has always been prepared to pay to win, buying him out like this is just another way for Detroit to leverage their financial power.
"If I can be totally honest, it's not a lot of guys you get impressed by. Actually, it's no one else but him. From the bench, to see what move he makes -- you're like, 'I wish I could do that.' Sometimes you sit on the bench and just think, 'wow,' and you look over to the other bench and they sit there and shake their heads, too. He has great, great skills. I'm probably not going to play with another player who has the kind of skills he has." Mikael Samuelsson on Pavel Datsyuk