Check your facts, Hamhuis virtually begged to come here. Your "fair judgement comment shows you don't understand the OP. This is about getting the pieces to stop a repeat of the our team getting beaten up by more physical teams. Like LA for instance.
Did he? Well how about adding Ballard, Tanev, Sammeulsson, Booth, exc. exc. exc.
MG made us the team we are, AV has caused this team to fail. And once again our "softness" is being overblow.
But it didn't help us did it and I doubt it will help us this season either. I would like it to but I can't see it.
Leading our team in scoring, playing on the 1st line and: "I doubt it will help us this season either"
Alright, by that logic I guess Cody won't help Buffalo this season either. So the deal is a wash for now.
But we gave Garrison much more for longer to "hopefully do the same thing" We could have just moved Ballard up and filled in at the bottom line with Vandermeer.
As I say, we will see. Sami would, I think have taken less to stay.
After the departure of Sami, we desperately needed to add another D-man, IMO we needed to add one either way.
And I can't see how anyone can be comfortable with Barker or Vandermeer playing 15-20+ minutes a night.
Sami would have taken less, but he wanted more than 1 year, too risky for us. And when Tampa made that deal (A deal he couldn't refuse) there was no way we were matching it.
Good for him, he got a great contract, nothing we would have been willing to do and rightfully so.
I'm just not convinced. (and I'm not alone) I don't like his selfish approach and it won't work with Kes and Raymond. As I say for that kind of money we could have done better.
Would love to hear where you are getting that from.
And if it won't work with Kes, then Raymond won't either, if Kes is the same Kes we saw last year, then Raymond will be just as ineffective as Booth, if Kesler turns into the player he was in 09-10, Booth will fare better than Raymond did.
Well fine let's just sit and moan like we all do on here when we get knocked about and when we meet tough teams. You do realise that we HAVE stood still in terms of physicality (arguable gone back) Other teams haven't. Unless MG pulls something good out of the Lu deal we could possibly not get further than round 1 again.
We have gotten less physical?
I guess Kassian for Cody is losing toughness/physicality. Garrison for Salo is losing toughness/physicality. Losing Sulzer for Vandermeer is losing toughness/physicality. Losing Sammuelsson/Sturm for Booth is losing toughness/physicality.
Are those moves all losses in that department?
Your going to have to elaborate, as we have only added more of that component, and it was something that was already overrated IMO.