Gaborik Stays – Who Goes?
Let’s review… 5 years ago Dean Lombardi didn’t want to sign Gaborik to a 5 year deal because the term was too long but now that he’s 32 and on the downswing of his prime (read any DL interview, he’ll tell you that once they hit 30, they decline), DL signs him to a… gulp… 7 year deal. And remember when DL was telling all of us “If someone WANTS to play here, my first question is “why?” Do you want to retire on the beach…?”
Okay, so when you compare Gaborik’s 7 year deal at 34.125 million with a 4.875 cap hit to say, David Clarkson’s 7 year 36.75 with a 5.25 cap hit, the Kings are looking at a bargain. Plus there’s no NTC or NMC either.
It could also be that today being the day teams could “talk” to potential free agents, Gabby’s agent came to DL and said “Vancouver’s gonna be offering 7 years.” Or the Ducks… or Phoenix… or Dallas… you get the picture?
But considering Mike Richards looks like HE’S toast just 3 years into HIS deal, 3 years from now we could be talking about this albatross hanging over the Kings heads. At least if there’s a buyout, it’ll be affordable.
But for now, I’m still very happy. (I’m STILL giddy over Alec Martinez’ goal, man. I’m STILL on cloud 9). I’m happy the Kings finally have someone for Kopitar to play with (well, at least for the next two years until Kopi gets 10 million a year on the open market). Happy I don’t have to see Dustin Brown on the top line anymore. Happy that there’s someone who can actually put the puck in the net. Happy that Kopitar will have 100 assists. Happy that Pearson will be able to step in when Gabby gets hurt.
And as Pumpernichol pointed out, players who signed for a 4.9 cap hit included Ryane Clowe and Stephen Weiss, capologist Mr Solomon just earned the biggest paycheck of his career.
Matt Greene, whom I was told was contemplating retirement, instead signs a 4 year deal with a 2.5 cap hit. Anyone else think “The Jinx” won’t make it to year TWO of that deal?
So who goes?
As I mentioned in the last blog, Uncle Phil may be collecting some $$$$ from TWO Stanley Cups and a Conference Final, but 50 million in CASH this season for Quick, Brown, Carter, Kopi, Doughty, Richards and now Gaborik means someone’s got to go.
I’ve said it before, Dustin Brown’s value has never been higher and like the time when Bernie Nicholls was dealt following his 70 goal season (and ne never ever came CLOSE to matching that again), Dustin Brown, for the lousy numbers he put up, is wonderfully overvalued as a 7 million dollar 3rd line winger.
Imagine what Buffalo might offer to bring a “leader” into their rebuilding locker room? A home town boy. A 2 time Stanley Cup winner with a decent coach?
Would they be stupid enough to give up the 2nd pick in the draft plus a prospect? They’d be dumb not to.
Anze as the “C” and Doughty gets the “A” – Hmmmm, that’s smart.
As Eklund reported earlier, Toronto is very interested in Mike Richards. (this smells like Lie-weekly) I might keep
Elliott Friedman is reporting that Tony Granato could take over as Manchester’s bench boss. He stunk as a head coach in Colorado, but maybe he’ll be better with the kids? The Mayor is reporting HERE that Granato wants to remain in the NHL.
So who wins THIS battle? Friedman? Or the Mayor!?