Farhan Lalji wrote:I don't know how you guys feel, but I would've let Kesler walked. I also would've tried to sign Anson Carter.
Seriously - I don't get why Nonis would overpay Kesler ($1,000,000 over market value!), while letting Carter walk.
Carter may not be worth $2.5-$3 mill anywhere else, but the was worth that much here. He was the PERFECT linemate for the Sedins'. Granted, the Sedins' don't need Carter to excel (as they're proving so far), but why tinker with that chemistry? Why risk that?
A few years ago when the WCE line first emerged, would it have been 'smart' to trade away Morrison for defensive help, and elevate Druken or (gulp) Josh Holden to the #1 line? Again - Naslund/Bertuzzi would probably still have been effective, but why take that risk? Why change something that is WORKING? "If the wheel ain't broke, why fix it?"
I would MUCH rather have paid Carter 2.5 million ($600/700,000 than what Nonis wanted to pay him), rather than pay Kesler 1.9 million ($1 mill over what Nonis wanted to pay him).
Could Kesler be a great player one day? You bet. However, isn't the whole point of having young/promising players on the team is to hope that they overachieve? (relative to their salary...which would most likely be fairly low).
I do think Kesler will have a good year this year (Sedin line or not), but I would've let him walk. I also would've signed Carter for 2.5. Successful teams never change things that are working for them. Period.
I voted for us to let Kesler go, but I understand the principle why we kept him, and properly managed, it could work out.
Regarding Carter, yeah, I wanted Carter back and would have paid him up to $2.5 million, but I think it's hard to compare the two deals, and it will always be this way with Kesler because the situation is so bizarre it defies comparisons of most sorts. We walked away from Carter because we felt he was being unreasonable, and at $3 million/3 years, I personally balked. My take on it is that management figured it was a lost cause and instead of wasting time on a lost deal, they went after other UFA's before it was too late, and signed guys they hoped might have some upside, Bulis being one, to a lesser extent Chouinard (who was signed for reasons other than scoring). By the time Carter's salary demands came down, we'd already spent the allotted cap space on other players and we didn't have room for him, even at his more reasonable price.
Kesler, just an act of buffoonery for Clarke who will have me itching for a year for revenge, but he was signed not because he was worth it, but because it was done on principle. And if I was Nonis, the way my mind would be thinking would be that if I can sign Kesler to an extension, the salary at $1.9 million might become more reasonable, and if he continues to develop, by matching the offer sheet, we'll have him for several more seasons (and it seems Carter was unwilling to sign long-term at $2.5 million), or we could let him walk next season but with more compensation than a 2nd rounder, so it's not as bad a deal as it looks on the surface, provided Nonis is smart, and he's earned the benefit of the doubt from me.