I don't think anyone here is against signing a guy just entering his prime. And no doubt a team of old guys isn't going to work, but I think the issue is with the player in question. Sure there's an argument for signing Niskanen and I understand it. I would love to have him. But I don't think he's an all star number one build your d corps around him defenseman and that's what he's probably going to get paid like in a month. Basically a team if past their prime players won't win a cup, but neither will a team who has good players getting paid like great players. Not in a salary cap world.
Nobody suggested he'd be a number one. Kenny said we need a right shooting top four defenseman. He didn't say we needed a franchise defenseman to build around for the next 10-20 years.
And as I mentioned earlier, I don't know where this idea that Niskanen is going to get "paid like a great player" comes from. Nothing indicates this aside from pure speculation. Give me one example of a puck moving d-man who hasn't scored 50 pts. but makes 6+ million dollars. The reason why you probably can't think of one is because it almost never happens. Bouwmeester is the only exception I can think of. And I'm not sure why people would think Niskanen would get paid like Bouwmeester when he's far more comparable to Wisniewski, Ehrhoff, Bieksa, Vlasic, Hamhuis, Girardi, Johnson, etc. and none of them make first pair money.
Niskanen isn't McDonagh, Pietrangelo, Doughty, or Subban. They'll get paid like franchise d-man...he won't. High end he'll get paid 5.5 million a year, and he's worth that in today's market.
This is why Holland will sign Callahan, Niskanen, and trade for Kesler. Solidify the leadership group for the next 10 years.
I wish. Well, except for Callahan. I love his attitude and all, but I'm not interested in spending that kind of money on a guy whose best qualities are his intangibles.
Edited by kipwinger, 02 June 2014 - 05:16 PM.