Popular Post *Buzzsaw* Posted January 26 Popular Post Share Posted January 26 Benning has been gone for more than a year. The current management group had a chance to make decisions and reverse some of the negative trends which Benning had started. They should have had the information they needed. Yet they made the decisions to sign Miller and qualify and extend Boeser. And they made the decision to sign Ilya Mikheyev. All of those decisions led to where the team is now... unable to sign Horvat because the team will go over its CAP limit. And probably unable to sign Kuzmenko for the same reason. They are now in the position of potentially losing both players... two the of the three best players on the team this year. (other obviously is Pettersson) They put themselves in this position by not anticipating or making allowance for what should have been obvious. They knew Bo Horvat would be in the last year of his contract before UFA... the experience of watching other UFA's over the years should have told them players pull out all the stops and work the hardest in the last year before UFA... but they didn't take that into account... Rutherford admitted as much in his interview... he said they had budgeted for Bo producing at a similar rate this year as he did in 2021/2022... even though he had improved every year and was still young. Now when Bo steps up and shows his best year ever, they are unable to give him a fair market value contract. They wanted to re-sign Bo... now they seemingly can't. They signed Kuzmenko out of the KHL because they thought he could be a high scoring forward in the NHL. But despite the glowing reports of their own Scouts surprisingly, they didn't budget for the cost in re-signing him if he performed as they projected he would. When they signed him initially, they could have locked him down for a couple years at a bargain price... but they preferred to be cheap and make it only one year. Now they are up against the CAP limit again when it comes to his contract. This was supposed to be a veteran management group, with vast experience and the knowledge of how to operate within CAP limits. But what they have shown is the opposite. They are getting caught out like a bunch of Rookie GM's. Now they are in desperation mode... trying to unload Horvat, trying to unload Boeser, etc. Most likely they will not get value for assets because other GM's know they are desperate. It is possible they will lose Horvat for nothing.... in the same way Benning lost Markstrom, Tanev and Edler for nothing. Now I am hoping they do pull the rabbit out of the hat and somehow unload excess CAP as well as re-signing Horvat... but it is looking like this is a real longshot. Management owns this whole situation. 1 2 2 1 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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