How do you figure? Borderline HOF goalie, gold medal winner, perennial top 10 goalie with a reasonable cap hit. The term length is long but I still have yet to hear a convincing argument as to why that is any sort of a meaningful issue. He instantly makes almost any team better in net. You telling me there's not one other GM out there that would take that?
The problem seems to be that GM's don't want to give up other assets and/or want a bad contract coming back via trade. If they could get him for free, someone would jump at it just to ensure they get him.
I think the problem is the following.
1. No dispute with talent level
2. Issue is contract term - not cap hit
3. Precedent has now been set in the NHL. You have a bad contract, buy it out, no one will take it. Bryz, Lecavalier, Briere buyouts have pretty much set the table for Gillis. He waited too long and lost in his game of 'chicken' with the rest of the league. Those teams certainly tried to move those players first and clearly the rest of the league is saying nope, don't want that contract, thanks but no thanks, I don't care how good he is. Unless he's malkin, stamkos, crosby, sorry. That's just the market dynamic now.
4. MG had to realize, while he may value something highly, if the buyer isn't willing to pay the price you're asking, if you don't understand your own negotiation position, you will not sell your asset.
5. As per 3 above, my worry is now he will wait again, miss the buyout window, be forced to trade schnieds and by that point, teams will have addressed their goaltending issues and therefore he'll get even less than what we expect for a schnieder deal.
6. The man is useless and I am starting to think, stupid.
Edited by BuretoMogilny, 28 June 2013 - 05:38 PM.