Niskanen did say that Orpik had scouted the Washington area for him and relied on Orpik's information on whether it was a good fit or not. He also said that because his former coach was in Washington, he felt more comfortable signing with the Caps.
Right, and they ALL went to contending teams with a chance to win the Cup this year, right?
Boyle said why he signed in New York as was referenced in the link above. No big loss not getting a 38 year old already declining. Parise and Suter made it clear why Minnesota was their choice. The Wings, with good reason, didn't pursue Stralman. Can't really say about Niskanen. Could be that Orpik signed there, could have been a better financial offer. I don't know and you don't either. But the facts are, players don't sign only with up and coming contending teams.
I mean when fans start pointing to Patrick Eaves signing with Dallas as proof that we're missing out on all the great Free Agents and that he signed there because they are an exciting up and coming team, what else can you really say?
Ken Holland can't win with many fans. If he had overpaid Niskanen, fans would have complained about that when he (likely) would not have lived up to the contract. If he trades away a young player for a veteran, he gets s*** for that. He's supposed to stay under the cap, keep all the young players, sign all the free agents, and keep the team a yearly contender for two decades. Gotcha.
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