There is absolutely no reason to consider buying out Filppula this offseason. If you must exercise a buyout, you buyout MacDonald, because you will almost have to at some point before his contract expires anyway. Filppula is one more year. You can play him for that long. Tampa would have needed to buy him out not because of the NMC, but because they would have serious issues re-signing their young players this offseason. I'd say it's lazy reporting, but it's Seravelli,, which is synonymous.
I mentioned this to Rux in the shoutbox, but I think it has relevance here so I will repeat:
Valteri Filppula is still a pretty good player.
He isn't a lock down 2C anymore like he was when TB first got him, but he can still play the position if needed, he will play 3C as well, and he has even adapted to playing wing on any line, including the 1st, too.
Now, his strengths may NOT necessarily match up with what the Flyers need, however.
They are superb passing sk
better for this year ? better for the long term ?
Mark Streit's salary is off the books MDZ's salary is off the books, Mason, Neuvirth, Shultz and Gordon.
If they do nothing and gain all that salary cap space... i think they are/can be better.
If a deal isn't awesome why make it ?
I understand trying to an asset for those guys, but getting rid of those guys is also an asset of sorts too.
Alas CBJ isn't going to trade us Brendan Saad for Andrew MacDonald...this is the s
Could he have done more with 5 million next season? I think the major reason why Hextall was willing to do the deal was because of the weak UFA forward class following this season. Having Filp in the fold for one more year at $5 million was deemed by Hextall to be more desirable than paying between $4-$5 million for 3+ years for a UFA whose skill is not that far better than Filp. That was my biggest takeaway from the trade along with the unspoken acknowledgement that Couturier is not the answ
Thread was to large to wade through, skipped the last 4 or 5 pages, so apologies if I'm repeating something that has already been posted.
Tampa Bay was one of the teams that was deemed to be at risk of losing the most significant players in the coming expansion draft. This story I posted in the Tampa section details their position perfectly....the listed Fippula or Killorn as two of the guys that could not be protected by the Bolts, thus this deal.
So what if 51 actually plays like a 2c and helps the PP2 out? What if he is dealt next year at the trade deadline for a 2nd or early 3rd? I will wait until I post judgment. I am also going to assume if there was a better offer from another team perhaps Hexy would have done it. Perhaps the Pens never wanted to deal with the Flyers?
I am more upset with having 22 for 3 more years than a declining 2C for one more year. If only 10 or 14 lived up to be an actual 2C...