Seriously Frank? Whether people like to admit it or not Alfie and Weiss were two of the biggest guys last year.
Oh you meant a player of Hossa's stature? Yeah they don't hit UFA status anymore. Parise and Suter were the last ones and 1 team out of 30 got them for hometown reasons.
Who exactly are these Hossa-calibre players we're missing out on??
Also, you couldn't be more wrong about our prospect pool. Nothing past Pulkkinen?? My god man.... I can't tell if you're trolling or just that blinded by your pessimism.
Mantha, Athanasiou, Janmark, Nosek, Nastasiuk, Larkin, Turgeon, Bertuzzi
If that's nothing then I want a whole lot more of nothing...
I've said CENTER prospects after Pulkinnen. Larkin can play either center or left wing and till he is ready nobody will know at which position he is going to flourish.
Good god Alfie wanted to play with a bunch of Swedes - at this point in his career he is a depth player plain and simple - and thought this team would have give him a better chance than his old one, there were also reports of him being pissed about the lowball offer from the Senators. Weiss top UFA seriously ? The guy came back after a serious injury and nobody knew if he would be fully recovered or not turns out, he wasn't. So till he shows huge improvements this season I wouldn't even call him a good signing save for a Hossa type of signing but maybe that doesdn't fit the rose colored blind thoughts of some..
As for missing out Niskanen, Ehrhoff ?! They may not be Hossa type players but both were the by far best UFAs this year and we didn't get either one, period. So a GM can't have the luxury of stating "I don't know why they aren't coming here.." because that means this teams future would solely depend on almost every prospect reaching their expected maximum potential and how often does that happen ? (hint the number is lower than 1...)
Holland has his work cutout for him and he better figures out how to get top UFAs to sign here otherwise this will be a looooong 4 years.
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