So you started a 4 paragraph thread including 2 full capgeek charts just to say detroits future cap situation is better than ours? I'm tired of all these bs selective stat posts. Why don't you include all the flyers wild pens devils and leafs future problems too? All you have to say about this team is complete garbage bodee. Why are you even a fan then. Why don't you get a wings jersey, put "raymond 21" on the back and join their boards. I'm so sick of you and your negative attitude.
No kidding, not to mention the cutoff point nicely excluded Franzen's cap hit by $50K. Detroit does have less contracts a $4M or above, but then they have more than us in the $3M range and in the upper half of $2M. And Detroit having Datsyuk as a contract $600K higher than any of ours (and not forgetting Lidstrom's last year which they only lost this year due to retirement) as
I guess this is more of an indictment of Burke and Nonis, since the majority of the players we have at $4M or above were the core they drafted or traded for. Sure Gillis added some of his own, but at best you're saying he shouldn't have retained those core players from the old group since we'd have to pay them more for being high performers.
Then again, you'd have to blame the drafting from the Burke and Nonis years for not offering us better options in the mid range which Detroit is able to reap the rewards of after their years and years of good drafting. Gillis' efforts at the draft (and signing undrafted players) are starting to see fruition and you'll likely see four of those $4M and up contracts (Roy, Booth, Ballard and Luongo) replaced next year - but you don't just build a Detroit system in 5 years.
And then on Detroit they'll be adding at least Howard's new $5M+ contract and possibly an increase for Filppula if they can get him to stay.Brendan Smith is due for a raise as well, just not as much, and they've had enough trouble defensively all year that they'll be looking to add perhaps a contract there this summer. It's their D (and their average age) that'll be their downfall against Chicago so that skews the contracts a little as well.
One more thing, why did it matter how expensive our contracts are when we had a $70M+ cap ceiling? We spent to it, much like everyone else, because we didn't have that prospect depth to come in immediately and help from the previous GMs. We certainly weren't drafting high enough to have top end talent from the Gillis era fill those holes, and it's hard to emulate Detroit when you have to make decisions to help now on a team that has recently been to the SCF.
Man, I didnt know Zetterberg made less than the Sedins. He hits and blocks shots too (4 and 3 in last night's game, respectively). What a bummer.
Hey Detroit is probably super cheap to live in compared to Vancouver. Does anyone think that might be a factor when it comes time to ink a contract?
By $17K. Want to know why he makes less? Because his was the very first of the long term, back diving contracts. If he had a term similar to the Sedins, he'd be making much closer to Datsyuk.
The hockey in Detroit is great, but the city itself is terrible. The poor areas are only getting poorer with the recession from the economic downfall, and they were hit hard being so centered around the auto industry. Now, instead of using taxpayer's money to help the city, they're using it to build a new arena. They might need a new arena, but their city needs the help more.
In short, another selective, short-sighted thread trying to find fault rather than recognize challenges - and successes - we have since Gillis took over.
Edited by elvis15, 16 May 2013 - 08:20 AM.