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He should have known that the chances of Suter leaving were there, and in a small market environment, you cannot lose an asset like that without getting something back in return.
at the draft party a couple of years ago, and under a considerable haze, i heard Birdman yell out the following (about 4 or 5 times, i think) - "don't marry yourselves to players!" he went on to reiterate that idea more than once on the boards, and i believe it to be absolutely sage.
And...if he trades him during a playoff run he faces backlash from that decision too. Didn't try hard enough, conceded, etc. And how much bigger than 4 1st round draft picks was he going to get for a rental? I have to figure not too much. Maybe a blue chipper that prolly would have bailed at the end of term anyway...
It's a Kobiyashi Meru deal...no way to win. Poile has done a remarkable job under way more difficult restraints than most GMs face. To toss him on account of what I perceive to be an uncontrollable situation is overreacting. You really want to get an idea of just how good he has been...look @ Columbus. A mirror image as far as financials/small market/etc, and the two are miles apart. I just don't see the point of adding insult to injury by getting rid of a really good Gm on top of losing major players.
How can Nashville not sign him? According to capgeek, they are at $40.8 million with only 18 NHL contracts. The salary cap floor is $54.3 mil.
6 contracts to sign/promote and 13.5 mil to spend just to hit the floor. Not much quality UFA left out there. My bet is Nashville will match just so they can hit the salary cap floor.
What happens if Nash doesn't match, Weber goes to Philly, and Nash doesn't reach the salary cap floor?
As far as keeping him, the Flyers did Poile a favor arguably by giving Nashville an opportunity to sign their captain long term. The numbers aren't great but everywhere you look it would seem that Nashville could conceivably get it done. Whether he is going to be a sulky sally is another thing entirely.
there is no way any of the Nashville management is/should be on the firing line.
Now, I didn't even include Suter. I see 4 straight gambles that failed. Last year was Nashville's closest attempt at making a run, and IMO the Russian connection was the downfall.
I give credit to Him but more to Trotz. Let's also not forget that one of the main reasons the Preds were a playoff team the last few years was from Suter and Weber. With both of them gone, we are going to see a completely different Nashville team, and all they would have received for 2 marquee defensmen is 4 1st rounders. That is horrible asset management. And I go back to last year with his "gambles."
I am sorry 4 straight gambles failing hard, not a good sign, and he has clearly lost control. As you said, sometimes free agents leave so I don't blame him on the Suter decision, but the other 3 just were not smart.
Sadly his smart move now is probably taking the 4 1st rounders and moving on.
Ok...fair enough. But, and excuse me if I wrong, wasn't Radulov already theirs anyway? Didn't they bring him back basically for nothing? Not a real risk there and if it had panned out there is nothing wrong with adding firepower going into the playoffs.
The Kostitsyns, well, once again, not a prime location for free agents so sometimes you have to take risks. Once again, if it had paid off...
Suter was going to leave regardless. Yes, you can trade him before the playoffs, but see my other argument earlier about how that would have been lose/lose.
And Weber? You really think everyone knew that Philly(or anyone) was going to sign him to an offer sheet? Let's see how that plays out before we call it...still think Preds could match, and they just might. If not, that is 4 more first rounders in the system. With a very good scouting system(apparently) Nashville will take an immediate hit, but may be healthier in the long run. In that market as long as they stay in the hunt they will remain relevant therefore putting butts in the seats. I just can't see scuttling what has been a good thing(despite the recent storm of hits). The only real thing this has pointed out is that there are clear divisions between the haves and have nots despite Gary ballsinyermouth Bettman's protestations to the contrary. And yeah, kind of odd that Snider is one of the most vocal about players salaries while he continues to set records in the offseason for free agents. 'Save us from ourselves' yet again.