whysoserious wrote:That basically limits two-thirds of the league as options should the contract become a problem in a year or two. These clauses should be limited to the elite players if you're even considering giving them out.
I would have preferred they move him for the first-rounder, taken a stab at signing him as a FA if he hits the market or just use those funds on someone else while giving a couple of our youngsters a shot to round out the season.
It depends on the value of the 1st though, if its a late 1st like the one Nashville gave up for Gaustad, I don't think I'd do that deal. I also think if we did move Grabo at the deadline for a 1st, he was as good as gone, no chance to retain him . And I wouldn't have liked the odds of putting all my apples in one basket with Parise to fill the enormous gap we'd give up by losing someone like him. We already lack a true bonafide #1C and IMO, Conolly and Bozak are well below average #2 centers. In my mind, Detroit would have snatched him up at this price and would have been happy doing it, judging by some of the contracts handed over the last 2 years in the FA market, this was a bargain. What's really concerning though about the contract for me isn't the fact we overpaid but the precedent it sets for guys like Kessel and Lupul. If we have to overpay for them too, we're simply retaining our mediocre core.
Some things I would have done in the deadline: Macarthur for a 1st, Yes, no doubt. And considering Ottawa gave a 2nd for Ben Bishop, I would have done something similar if Reimer fetched that type of value (I just don't think he's a capable goalie moving forward).
I also would have went after Chris Stewart hard during the deadline, was playing on the blues 4th line at one point and a perfect buy low scenario. Don't know if we could have gotten him, but that's one player I would have targetted. We're in desperate need of a power forward and I still think he has some tremendous upside, just needs the right situation.