All I know is no matter how this turns out, it is time for a new GM in Nashville. He has made some really bad decisions. The Kostitsin bros, Radulov, Sutter, and now Weber which he knew was happening.
There is no way in hell that the NHL has the balls or even a reason to stick to some outdated guns when it has premier organizations hamstrung by constraints that don't really need to be there in the first place. The salary cap isn't "real". It's just an excuse to keep poor franchises within potential reach of being relevant. The NHL knows that every year there will be 5 or 6 teams that aren't going to be competitive. They know it's never about just one season, its about the cycle in and out of contention every year that keeps fans involved. The low teams have the competitive chance of getting better over time - that's the reason for a weighted draft.
Pretty much every team operates within the same budget they would without the Cap. The Cap is supposed to be there in theory to keep the organizations with the deepest pockets from escalating salaries by competitively bidding he next richest team. But it doesn't work that way, and the Weber deal defines that. The wealthiest teams are all finding ways to outbid each other even within the cap system, and the poorest teams can't offer anything other than what was supposed to be the same contract. None of it matters. Philly can keep spending to the moon, and the NHL will always find a way to give them just the loopholes to do it.
Love that Lombardi was pro-active. As for Nashville, I don't know where they'll end up. They are at a cross roads. Steep price!
Say what you will, but that offer sheet that Philadelphia got Shea Webber to sign, and its structure, was pure evil. As a Devils' fan you should be able appreciate that!
Last edited by Riofan; July 20th, 2012 at 08:32 AM.
Picture is a bit different here. Whether it's different enough to change anyones mind I don't really care, it's just that the math nerd in me couldn't let inaccurate representation of data float around like that
Last edited by BigBrown; July 20th, 2012 at 05:09 AM.
If NSH matches, they can't trade him for 1 year. However, after that he has no NM/NT clause, so ostensibly he could end up in hockey hell (aka Columbus)
Analogy of what happened from another board I frequent:
Imagine 20 GMs hunting for a single deer. They're closing in on the target, moving silently with their rifles all scoped on the deer. Whoever gets the kill keeps the spoil.
Suddenly, Holmgren charges out with foam coming out of his mouth, running at the deer with a dull butter knife. Scares the **** out of the deer and the deer makes a run for it and is gone in no time.
This is exactly what happened.