You say Winnipeg & Buffalo were prepared to pay Towes 13.3 million a year? Please post a link to someone from either organization verifying or even hinting to this. Or are you just making up things as if they are facts because it helps your argument?
I don't think Towes is a top 3 player, I think he has been lucky enough to play with great players for the last 6 years, but that is irrelevant to this argument. I'm starting to see your philosophy Frank, you are pissed at the NHL/owners and anytime a player can get as much as they can out of them, you consider it a small "win". Nyquist is the perfect example, you seem to want him to get paid as much as possible even though if he does get a ridicoulas O'Rielly type contract, it hurts the Wings.
No one is disputing with you that these players CAN ask for the moon, what people including myself are saying is that in a team game where the team can only spend so much money with the cap, for a player to take a huge percentage of that money especially when the player is not worth it (ie. O'Rielly) can and will hurt the team. Players that only look out for themselves are then perceived as selfish and entitled.
There is a reason why guys like Lidstrom & Datsyuk are so well respected around here, they never put themselves first and even though they COULD get more money, they are/were willing to take a slight decrease in salary for the good of the team. They are stilled paid well, but not to the point where it hurts the team.
Why "cant you wait" for Stamkos to sign a huge contract? It's odd that get satisfaction from that. Do you think these guys are struggling financially or something?
Not sure if this will effect Nyqist's deal but Evgeny Kuznetsov just signed a 2 year $6 million deal with the Caps. I don't know much about him but what I do know is he has only scored 14 goals in the NHL regular season. $3 million cap hit seems kinda high. Makes me think Nyquist can ask for the moon.
He put up 37 points in his first full NHL season, and is only 23. He is going to be a very good player for the Capitals.
Ward still got 19 goals and is a big body that hits and is a beast in the playoffs every year , he brings something we lack ... Too many of the same players here
Goals are nice, but we don't need anymore wingers. You were complaining earlier about Jurco / Pulks not getting a chance but then you want to bring in a winger? We have a position open at center, which allows us to slide Sheahan down to 3rd line center to provide more depth.
I just gave the example of how good Richards was in the playoffs last year. He would most definitely help us against some of the East teams, seeing how much better the West is.