The way I see it, no players were taken on outside of Neilson that has to be protected for the expansion draft. If Vanek plays well and decided Detroit is a good fit, he can re-sign after the draft. So on the bright side, at least we shouldn't lose anyone meaningful when that time comes.
I feel a lot less bad now than I did a few hours ago. A lot needs to go right for a successful season, but at least the pressure won't be all on guys like Larkin and AA. They now have time to grow into their roles instead of being forced into them.
The more I read about Nielsen, the more i like him.. The term obviously isn't great but that's free agency for ya. Hopefully holland isn't done.
I'm in the same boat. Seems like he'll be a good fit. And the limited no trade after two years makes that contract movable if he starts to decline or if Larkin and AA surpass the hell out of him at center.
Damn. We should have went after Staal if he was that cheap.
I've been saying all week he'd be cheap with a short term. Would have given us depth at center long enough for Larkin and AA to develop into legit top 6 centers themselves. Now in 3 years we're gonna have a 5.25 million player we do not need. At least Backes would have had value as a role player in the bottom 6 in a few years.