regarding the goaltenders, it doesn't matter who is winning, it doesn't matter who is the better goalie right now, Holland is NOT going to allow Monster to play all the games while he is paying $5M+ to Jimmy to sit on the bench. IMO, the best goalie they have is in GR right now, but you will NEVER see a move to not dress Jimmy and have Mrazek start with Monster backing him up. Jimmy makes way too much money, but you cannot blame him for cashing in on the market value of goaltenders. But since he is making the top money, he will always be the #1 guy here. Monster could go 20-0, yet Jimmy will still get the starts and the playoffs. In this NHL (sadly) its not really about winning, its about money and not wasting it.
By your characterization Tootoo(1.9 mill) would be playing and Tatar (630 000) wouldn't. And if it were all about who makes the most money, Sammy never would have been a scratch at the beginning of the season. I think you over simplify things. Jimmy can be great, we need him to be great so he still gets to play in hopes that he'll find his form. Monster's been getting the wins, but I for one wouldn't feel confident with him leading us in the playoffs. I also wouldn't feel confident with Howie in his current state, but I've never seen Monster look like a cup winner and jimmy has looked that way in the past.
i just hope we stay away from steen , hes having an amazing year but i cant see him ever reproducing this type of season again and hes gonna probably command 5-6 mill a yr after this season
i just hope we finally see the end of bottom guys like cleary samuelsson eaves bertuzzi here and see some future guys here its time to insert some kids who can play, unfortunetly were gonna have like 3-4 guys out of waiver options
thats why i hate it when we wait till it comes to that , rather insert 1 or 2 kids and blend them in gradually and not have to wait until were forced to bring up 4 rookies in one shot into the lineup, i hope to see ferraro and callahan before the end of the year to see if they got a future here or not
For our 4 prospects who won't be waiver exempt next year, I think it's already made clear by past call ups and the preseason that Sheahan and Almquist are in consideration for next year, but Ferraro and Callahan probably won't make the cut