Posted 11 July 2014 - 01:25 AM
Its a real strong field, but in the end it comes down to Sammy vs Cleary 2.0. What made Sammys so bad was that it was 2 years, a 1 year deal for him to provide insurance depth would have been OK, but 2? Against that is re-signing a player who is clearly no longer able to physically perform at NHL (and possibly AHL) level.
Because we couldn't be sure which Sammy we would get, vs knowing exactly what we're getting with Cleary, it has to be Daniel.
BTW, I agree with the posters who say Carlo wasn't so bad when healthy, I was bemused by Hollands buy-out of him.
"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