tantalum wrote:pretty much. Don't forget a guy like Penner as well. Some are better, some are worse. Some are a waste of space completely (Penner) and some can still play a regular shift even if they aren't scoring (I think Booth is that type of guy).
Wasn't Demitra a $4M man? That should put things in perspective for what one gets, skill and production wise.
Yep. People are a bit nuts thinking $4M goes a long way, most of that is because we are spoiled with some of the contracts we've got over the past couple seasons.
For a pair of scoring champions and a Hart trophy, the Sedins are under-paid by at least $1M/each. Kesler is probably about the same. After the Finals run he had, Bieksa probably could have gotten $5M on the open market (Paul Martin, Wisniewski money). Hamhuis has a good deal... I don't include Luongo because he's on a "lifetime" deal. Keeps the cap-hit at a great level, but ties him to the organization forever.
You can look around the league and see that the Canucks have a fairly good portion of their core signed to VERY good deals. This allows them to go after depth players with risky deals like Sturm, because essentially it's money that we wouldn't normally have.
Sturm was barely playing, and playing poorly when he was. Samuelsson is aged and turning into a hospital-case. We dumped both those guys and actually got cap ROOM in picking up 26 year old Booth...