Fear not, for I too am out of + and - ability, and we would have just canceled each other out. So all is well on that front.
"Action Failed: You have reached your quota for positive votes today"
Or else I'd plus one ya.
PS- Why the heck is there a limit on plus one votes anyway? I can understand a quota on negatives, but positives too?
(My apologies to Barrie- you have had several posts today that I would have given a + if I had more to give.)
Back to topic:
Given the small number of free agent defensemen out there this year (Jovo, Salei, and Lilja were in the top 20 on a list I read), and given the prices that are demanded by other players and that will be demanded when the Noon Whistle blows today, I don't think that giving Ericsson a contract that is, yes, overblown for any other year is an indication that Holland is not a good GM. It just means that he's taking a known quantity over an unknown or rejected quantity and guaranteeing that it will come at a price that will not be as over-the-top as what others might demand.
On Ericsson's behalf, he would have seen higher on the open market. I do think that the fact that it took this long to negotiate would indicate that E was pushing for higher, which would be logical based on the poor class of UFA's this year.
Supply and demand are responsible for E's outrageous contract, not a mis-step on the part of Holland.
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