I don't think that's necessarily true. I dont think two guys signed to one year contracts for less than a million are necessarily going to be penciled into the lineup. Obviously Helms going to play (and he should), but not the other two. I dont think they're safe. Especially Ott. Holland waived Tootoo, why would he be reluctant to waive Ott?
The more interesting question is why did Holland sign Ott to begin with?
It's not like he's the biggest-baddest guy in the league that our smallish team can rally around...IMHO he's yet another Tootoo part two.
The $$$ spent on this contract, and Miller's could've been used more effectively - such as for DD, and Mrazek's.
I'm a fan of Matt Martin. It would be great to have a guy like that, even if we have a dismal season, at least he punches people in the face. That's something to cheer about.
And he hits everything that moves...To top it all off - if he rams an opponent hard into the glass, and it knocks/spills the fans' beverage - Martin has a tab, and ensure that fan will be given a fresh brew...Mind you this only takes place at home games.
Look it's a bad contract simply because of the length of term. No need to justify with "well it can be traded".
Nielsen is a good player and a good leader. I'd consider him a bit underrated in the league especially because I can tell most people have no idea who this guy is and jumping to conclusions.
I'm not happy with the contract but looking at the positives, he's fills a hole that Datsyuk created. He is officially our top 6 penalty killer that I've been pressing for and bitching about for the last few months. He will reduce Zetterberg's ice time. And will likely push Miller out of the picture.
If ya want pushing, and shoving - Matt Martin is still available.