- Feb 28, 2002
I don't love it and I don't hate it. Sometimes I feel like Rob is just checking things off the list instead of trying to maximize things, but that can get real old real quick.
I think this is a really good contract for the Kings. Goalie contracts have been red hot all off-season, starting with Nedeljkovic signing for 3M AAV after only playing in 1/2 a season. Then Chris Driedger signed for more money than that with only a 1/4 of a season played. Just earlier today CBJ signed Elvis Merzlikins for more money and more years. I think the 3 years is perfect length, it gives Cal a chance to (hopefully) prove himself in the playoffs, and if he can't cut it, then we aren't married to him forever. He can continue to grow this year with Quick as his back up, and then it is time to become a true number 1 and show the league that he is a top 10 goalie.
I know they say that him being the #1 goalie isn’t guaranteed but they wouldn’t have signed him for $5 Million a year for 3 years with a year still left on his deal unless they thought he was already the #1 goalie. So they’re all in on Cal. I think with this contract, with the roster improvements, & the higher expectations for this team, he has the most to prove of any player on the team. I’m also interested in seeing how someone as competitive as Quick handles being the backup goalie.
Should bought a lottery ticket....Yeah, not sure about this one. Would like to have seen Aidan Hill in the mix. Did not see him play a lot, but what I did see, he will be a pretty good goalie. Just my opinion.
This organization can really develop/fix goalies. Bummer part is we cant keep them. Kuemper, Soupy, Bernier....
The thing is, with Petersen's numbers (experience, age, stats), it was comprable to other RFA goalies who signed similar deals.When old threads like this are resurrected I always cringe a bit as I read, fearful that I wrote something that didn't age well. I never really understood the salary given. Cal had done nothing to earn it. Seemed more wishful thinking on Blake's part than anything else. They also seemed to make a big deal out of his performance at the World's that year, when Team USA went deep with Trevor Moore as their #1 center. Very strange. The term was fine, but the salary should have been half.