Lombardi extended a guy who topped out at 81 points in 09-10 for eight years and $10M per.
You guys think Giroux is "untradeable"? I give you Anze Kopitar which is, apparently, Slovak for "Ilya Bryzgalov."
There was no need to re-sign Kopitar to that deal and three seasons from now - barring a miracle - they will have close to $26M in cap space allotted to four guys - three of whom are 35 or older (Kopitar, Brown, Gaborik, Crater) and the other is 32.
Let's be fair. Kopitar is in the Toews mold defensive guru. Toews topped out at 76 points in 10-11 and averages 60 and he got 10.5 million for 8 years too. I won't question that contract too much.
But Lombardi made a lot of mistakes people forgave because of 2 cups(Who wouldn't).
Dustin Brown? Signed from 2014-15 for 8 years to about 6 million per. The year his extension kicked in he had scored 29 and 27 points the previous 2 seasons and he is not a defensive guru.
His handling of Jarret Stoll had me scratching my head. The first contract, for $3.6M in 2009, was bad luck: within 3 weeks of signing it, Stoll's medical came back at camp, and it was determined that he was having problems with arthritis. He was turning 26 that year, and this could only get worse. I can't really blame Lombardi for that one. What I couldn't figure out was why followed that up by assigning another $3.2M in cap space to Stoll in 2013, when Stoll's abilities were clearly becoming d