What you're saying is technically correct, that the offseason hasn't ended. But once it does, oh boy, do we have a major issue on our hands that will follow us until the very second that he leaves.
The risk is small, yes. $2.3M is his cap hit I believe? The reward potential is high - if he can be counted on to score 20 goals, annually, it would be considered an excellent return. Speaking of "disasters", Raymond was a disaster last year, and you could even say that Kesler was, too. Do we also need to ask ourselves "why", or do we just default to the "durr, they were injured" excuse?
I recall a fairly "savvy" GM giving up on Michael Grabner, too. Does Tallon giving up on Frolik indicate that he's a write-off? Hope not, or else what have we ended up with in Jason Garrison?
Dramatic king, that is dramatic. Luongo major issue blah blah blah - you don't know what will happen when the lockout ends, and if Luongo isn't dealt right away, who cares? You'll probably read the Province too much. Matters not what media blabbers about.
Frolik counted on to score 20 goals a year? That's serious wishful thinking and ironic coming from mr. negative expectations - he had 5 in 63 games and was -10 surrounded by scoring talent in Chicago. Year before 3 goals in 28 games in Chicago - that's 8 goals in 91 games since Tallon dealt him. I doubt Tallon is losing any sleep over that decision haha.
Lapierre scored more goals than that last season - is a mere 1 million cap hit, threw 244 hits
, is able to play a shut down role, takes draws, agitates people, drops the gloves, and is a general pain in the ass to play against. You whine about being "stuck" with that - find us some better bang for your buck than that King - instead you want to add a 7 or 8 goal scorer who is extremely soft and a liability without the puck for more than twice the cap hit.. Ok there king. You'd probably get a lot more satisfaction as a Flames and Feaster fan.
Keep going on about Grabner all you want - his 32 points last year was pretty unspectacular - particularly when you consider his 3 million cap hit, his glaring -18, and his complete and utter softness - he threw a total of 16 body checks in a complete season - that is a number you could expect from a goaltender. The guy you call a disaster, Raymond, looks like Dustin Brown by comparison.
Raymond's disaster was 10 goals in 55 games (same 30 point scoring pace as Grabner at a lower cap hit), was +4 off broken back surgery on a line where every player suffered a major injury and Booth was a newcomer. Only you could see that as a disaster and still be here re-selling Frolik and whining about Grabner. Once you get a bad idea in your head, it just rattles around and around and keeps you prattling - that is what we are stuck with.
Edited by oldnews, 13 October 2012 - 08:26 PM.