Ok.....Maybe I'm going out on a limb here.....Maybe - just maybe - Holland has issues signing UFA's because those that we've signed these past few seasons were given the 'cold shoulder' (Commodore - Tootoo - Weiss).
I'm not some conspiracy type, but it leaves me scratching my head as to why a guy who was signed to play on the 2nd line is now a healthy scratch, but then again - unlike Babs - I do not possess a degree in psychology.
Still makes sense.
Kenny didn't want XO (Babs guy on the opening roster).
Babs respond with benching Weiss, Kenny's (guy) signature.
Boychuk is a good defenseman, don't get me wrong, but he's a lot like Brent Seabrook. He's good defensively, good enough offensively, and worked well within the system he was playing in. That said, he's not a superstar and shouldn't get paid like one.
Since Q is getting paid $4.25m I guess that for Boychuk $5m/$5,5m should be enough.
Boychuk will slow down. He scored 23 pts last year as Charas partner.
Chances that he will slow down (and not keep 2.5 pts per game) are high.... But
last year Chara was playing with Seidenberg and Hamilton. Julien is mixing his lines a lot. He will have his chance now to play top minutes.