Topper wrote:SL didn't figure that extra $5mil and a shrunken cap.
Strangelove wrote:Well four months ago the Great Strangelove predicted:
"Gagner is prolly gonna demand $6mil after the way the Coil jerked him around last summer."
The arbitration hearing is tomorrow and Sammy is apparently seeking $5.5mil:
http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/blog/eye-o ... rbitration
Is the Great Strangelove the only one who saw that one coming?
The Coil have backed themselves into a corner here, Gagner can become a UFA at age 24 next summer.
If they wanna buy some of those UFA years, they're gonna hafta... finally... pay up.
They had an excellent chance to do that last summer but forced Gagner into a 1-year $3.2mil deal.
Well as the old saying goes "Payback is a bitch mofos".
As the Great Strangelove said exactly one year + one day ago:
"I don't get why the Oil is dicking around with a guy like Gagner. This kid is going to be a big star. An Einstein on ice. Shoulda wrapped him up long-term on @ $4mil+ per imo."
The Great Strangelove also suggested offer-sheeting Gagner last summer @ $5mil X 4 years.
An over-payment yes, but hey that's how offer-sheets work.
At the very least you force a division rival to overpay one of their up-n-coming stars.
The Great Strangelove figured Gagner could've been the 2nd line centre while Kesler was out.
And then slid over to the wing on a Booth-Kesler-Gagner line.
The Great Strangelove figured a playmaker like Sam would have been just what the doctor ordered for those two.
Anyhoo, glad to see the wedge being driven between Gagner and the Oilers.
Sure hope he walks away next summer....
herb wrote:Yes it does. Too bad there wasn’t cap space and a vet like Demitra available.
Gagner is likely gone next summer - the Oil have to re-sign RNH, both Schultzes, 2 goalies, sign 4 or 5 other dmen and a few more forwards next year, and Katz is known to be a penny pincher. I don't see Gagner staying there.
I'd take him on the Nucks and I'm sure his dad would be a big influence to get him to Van, though he would be an expensive pickup.
Hockey Widow wrote:Signed 3 years 4.8 per year. Thats Booth money, sort of.
Tiger wrote:Hockey Widow wrote:Signed 3 years 4.8 per year. Thats Booth money, sort of.
For a 23 year old with Hank Sedin stats .. Oil are doing better than MG.. at resigning ..
Tiger wrote:For a 23 year old with Hank Sedin stats .. Oil are doing better than MG.. at resigning ..
ESQ wrote:Tiger wrote:For a 23 year old with Hank Sedin stats .. Oil are doing better than MG.. at resigning ..
Wait, what? Henrik Sedin stats? Do you mean Henrik at age 23?
More like a 23 year old with Alex Burrows stats, though fewer goals. And more injuries.
There must be some sort of salary structure in mind in Edmonton, but I fail to see it. The point of getting high draft picks is cheap contracts with high production, not high salary for decent production. There's no sign of the defence improving, and no goaltenders under contract past next year.
Oh, and the Schultzes are due new contracts next year as well.
Jovocop wrote:Players that the Oilers need to re-sign or replace next season:
Schultzes ($3.775m and $3.5m)
A total of $25.05m cap hit for these 7 players. Nugent-Hopkins and the Schultzes will probably cost the Oilers $15m.
Strangelove wrote:Reefer2 wrote:Bozak wants a billion dollars over 8 years to stay in Toronto.
Well more like... close to $40mil.
Am I the only one wondering how Pigtown is gonna sign all their RFAs under the cap, let alone pending UFA Bozo?