Just because Holmgren said after the fact that there was no deal, doesn't mean it's true. My guess is, Clearly was told that he could come to camp and if he showed anything he'd get a 3 year deal once the Flyers cap situation, which was a mess at the time, was resolved.
Either way, Clearly is done as an NHL player. I don't understand how he can't see that after being scratched so often last year
And depending on the return they might be right to do it. If they could get Buffalo to trade the #2 and a good young player, or Arizona to give up the 3rd and OEL, I think that wold easily be worth losing McSavior
Mrazek won't be handed the #1 job. I think Weiss will be bought out of he won't be a regular. Franzen on LTIR is not dead cap space and if he's healthy (a long shot I think) he will be playing. Kindly as the #7/isn't dead space either. Dead cap space is players not on the roster eating cap.
Can we just buy Franzen out and be done with him and his contract or did we miss that opportunity?
I think they'd get hit with a cap recapture penalty on top of the ca hit for buying him out, so no, it's not a real option. Even without the recapture penalty, I don't think it's feasible. They also can't buy out an injured player.
You, Bill, and Ted are all welcome to disagree with me, of course. To me, Jurco was the biggest disappointment for the Red Wings that season. Yes, I expected more points out of him than I did from Abdelkader and Helm in their first few years. Didn't you? Didn't everyone? Am I incorrect in saying that Jurco has always been viewed as a future top six forward.... whereas that was not the case with Abdelkader or Helm? I don't want and the Wings don't need Jurco to be another "quality possession player given his role" who is "good defensively" and produces no offense. Those guys grow on trees. Ferraro and Callahan can come in and do that. Glendening, Miller, and Andersson do that. Jurco is supposed to be and should be better than that. And he wasn't. At all. Yes, maybe some of my disappointment is the result of higher expectations for him on my part than some other players... but I don't care. He was hugely disappointing and not at all "excellent."
Abdelkader was projected as a potential second line player when he was drafted.
it is far too early to give up on Jurco. He has good speed and size, he uses his size well, and despite his lack of production he still has enough skill to make him a probable top 6 winger in the near future.
Because "didn't meet expectations" is putting it lightly. I didn't expect him to light the world on fire.... I did expect him to score more goals this season than Big E and KFQ.... Drew Miller.... Kindl... Joakim Andersson. He did score more Dan Cleary by 2, though, so hats off to him. Of course, Danny boy scored more goals per game than Jurco, so nevermind. The expectation wasn't just that he wouldn't be completely worthless (which he was for the entire year), but that he would actually be good (which he wasn't.... for the entire year).
did you expect much offense playing with Miller and Glendening most of the time?