Honestly Niskanen is a great example of a player who always ended up playing for teams where he was asked to be 2nd fiddle because they had some other elite-level dman drawing all the attention. He strikes me as the kind of guy who goes out and does exactly what is asked of him.
With Carlson around, the Caps didn't need him to be flashy. They needed him to shore up the back end, so he did. In Pittsburgh, he was generally set behind Letang and asked to fill a similar role. Then when L
I'm the one all down on Fletcher generally, but I have no problem with this deal.
The Flyers are paying 700k for a year and getting a better Defenseman who has won a cup and is used to playing 23+ minutes (instead of 17) a night and is under contract for just 2 seasons.
He's older, but he's better. I really don't think he'll be slipping in an out of the lineup. He's a pretty good player.
I don't love this deal, but I have no issues with it. He's a veteran D
I can't imagine his agent would be gunning for that. Provo has high potential, but Karlsson was dominant for much of his career. Even Provo is highly unlikely to ever reach that level. There can be no worse comparison for contract talks imo.
Normally I would say trading for a higher-cost, older player is screwy. But, we are changing paradigms/coach, so this will be allowed to pass my sniff test. It is short-term on the pick up, and it allows a slot opening in coming years.