(shrugs) We are still not on the back end of their contract until AFTER this season. I think we all realize tweaks are not enough, but it was monumentally foolish to give them 13-year deals AND no movement clauses. And that isn't going to change; and no way will they waive them. Not unless we make things really uncomfortable for them.
I think that is the arguement. Naegle purposefully kept payroll low to maximize his profits when he sold. So what if he put a crappy team on the ice. He didn’t care. He saw the opportunity to make a bundle bringing hockey back to Minnesota and then selling the team to the highest bidder.
Leipold has spent money on this team. Unfortunately he hasn’t spent it wisely.
Yes, but Gaborik was a young player. He wasn’t an established veteran. It was probably easier to do that with a kid like Gaborik, especially when you are in the HOF and have your name on the Cup umpteen times.
Would be be interesting to see how Lemaire would have handled the 3 Stooges...
(shrugs) Not sure if I see it that way. I think the owner has paid in a lot, especially to two players and wants to get a return on the investment. Since they're locked into this team is kind of mandates the other moves that take place. Fenton couldn't go out and spend freely in free agency not knowing what #16 or #24 would cost otherwise he might as well have announced the rest of the league that we're going to trade them no matter what.
No doubt the Wild were thrown a bunch o
I am with IllaZilla on this one. If Fontaine was the asset Rotten insists he was, why isn't he in the league anymore? He signed somewhere in Europe this summer; so I guess 31 NHL teams are all stupid and just holding him back right? But somehow, we're missing the point...riiight.
Rotty...letting us all know we're wrong. Tell us more about these TPS Reports aka the Fleecing of Justin Fontaine...
No, it doesn't. I see other players being relegated, even on the best of teams. Kessel had his best season of his career and still wasn't happy about being moved off Malkin's line. Yet Mike Sullivan obviously made the move. So, I think this an issue that is somewhat unique to this team where a few players run the show. And for the point about team reputations and locker room environments, I am sure players are aware of that too and it can be just as toxic as a tyrannical coach can be. If y