I think it's a little of both. GM MG likely never had a crack at a majority of the players we saw go in free agency. The term on FA day was ridiculous especially for the type of player we were looking for to fill out our bottom 6 i.e. Max Talbot getting a 5 year contract with Philly. These guys don't last forever so I'm still surprised they were handed this kind of term on a silver platter.Fred wrote:Just a different train of thought. Can this be described as a desperation move by MG, has he failed to get the player he maybe wanted. We know he tried to get Troy Brouwer and lost out was there some one else he missed on maybe
The other half is that it is becoming a more and more common strategy by teams to invite fringe vets for PTOs. Players have taken an increasing interest in their long term well being at younger and younger ages so it is still possible to find a 39 year old with gas left in the tank. No risk in trying out a former All Star that can play a grind it out game.