Yeah, you have to figure this is he last BIG cashin as a free agent. At 29, players are looking as best they can for a four or five year deal that may be their peak contract. Coming off of back to back Cup's, and being a big part of it, I don't blame him.
But where does he fit? I really think he's found his niche here as a third line center on a team that has two great centers in front of him. He basically NEVER has to play against the other teams top pair, and even not so often against the second pair. So I think teams understand that. He is not going to be a second line center that will be able to boost a teams offense. So where does a third line center, who provides some of those intangibles that teams look for, fall in the salary of NHL teams.
For most teams, I don't think you pay more than $4M, maybe $4.5M for a third line center, if you are, then you have a pretty flat team in terms of talent and probably don't have any game changers.
I think Reeves will the Pens hardness even with Kunitz gone. But also realize, I don't think the Pens are done just yet. With all the moves, they still have a lot of money free at the moment for a 3C. I think they'll go the trade root for someone.
Got to be the last try at the NHL for Pouliot with the Pens. He probably will not clear waivers if they attempt to send him back down. But the $800K one way contract may cause teams to pause.
Archibald is one of those energy guys that the Pens just seem to be able to develop and bring up. There does not seem to be anything special there, but he gives a lot of effort.