SCRIVENS SIGNS TWO YEAR DEAL

Jason Gregor
March 03 2014 10:54AM

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The Oilers have signed Ben Scrivens to a two-year extension worth a total of $4.6 million.

Scrivens will be at $2.3 million cap hit, and It will be interesting to see who the Oilers sign to battle/platoon with him next season.

Scrivens still leads the NHL in SV% amongst goalies who have started more than 20 games. Scrivens has a .934SV% split between Edmonton (.940) and LA (.931).

He is in his 4th season as a pro.

He split his first year between the ECHL (13 games) and the AHL (33). The next two years he was in Toronto, 61 games in the AHL with the Marlies and 32 games with the Maple Leafs.

This is his first season where he has spent all his time in the NHL and he has put up great numbers.

I've read and heard many suggest he is a career backup, but I think that might be a tad premature to say. He has improved every season, and each year he has played more games in the NHL and his SV% has improved during each campaign.

This is a great contract for the Oilers. Scrivens should be extremely motivated to earn the starting job, and his price point could make him one of the best bargains in the NHL if he wins the job.

I don't see a negative with this signing. What are your thoughts?

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#1 Darcy
March 03 2014, 11:59AM
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It took Nashville what 2 months to waive dubnyk and took us how many years of waiting and seeing?

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#2 crustygrit
March 03 2014, 11:50AM
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A responsible bridge contract that reduces the Oilers risk going forward behind the pipes.

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#3 freeze
March 03 2014, 11:51AM
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Hard to argue that this is a bad deal for the Oilers. Low risk - high reward. They've certainly done much worse in recent years.

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#4 clrsnldvc81
March 03 2014, 11:56AM
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Considering it only cost us a 3rd rounder to get argueably the most HOPEFUL goalie in recent years, i say it's a good signing...

side note... Dubnyk on waivers as per Tee Ess Enn

Pretty sure we won that trade with Nashville...

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#5 RexHolez
March 03 2014, 11:52AM
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My thoughts are they better win more than 25 games next year. I don't care who's playing

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#6 Randaman
March 03 2014, 11:53AM
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Who makes the rules that a starter has to come up a certain way? Thought so. This is a bright spot on a very bleak year. Now we just need a #2 & #3 D, a #2 C and trade some smurfs for some size in the top 6. Eberle comes to mind. Tired of the fly bys and lack of effort defensively. Hanging with Snow pants too much.

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#7 Bucknuck
March 03 2014, 12:24PM
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Now that trade involving the round 3 pick looks pretty darn good MacT. Nice work.

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#8 dougtheslug
March 03 2014, 01:04PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

And where are all the dubnyk supporters today?

It is now fair to say that perhaps the very worst thing KLOWE did as GM and then as Master of Tambo was to not try and get an established goalie from outside the organization as the pillar in net but rather put all of the team's future in net on two team prospects - Dubnyk and Delauriers. HE got Khabi to be a transitional player and mentor for those two.

And it cost the oil several spots in the standings for six(?) years.

I don't know, Gord, there's lots of competition there for the worst thing KLowe has done.Failing to address center depth, failing to recognize what a pro d-man looks like, fostering a losing culture in order to draft skill, and then being unable to develop that skill, presiding over a parade of coaches without building a stable development strategy, trading away draft picks for bottom six forwards and 5-6 dmen. And failng to sign a number one goalie. Take your pick

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#9 D
March 03 2014, 11:54AM
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Full credit to MacT on this one. Great signing, not too much cap risk.

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#10 Spydyr
March 03 2014, 12:21PM
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I also have to eat crow , I did not expect him to sign here.

Sure glad he did great term and money. Hope he wins the starting job and they get another young guy to push him.

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#11 vetinari
March 03 2014, 12:08PM
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Term is good. Money spent is good. This is the best that I've felt about an Oiler goalie since Rolosson. Hopefully, it is warranted.

And yes, Dubnyk is on waivers-- let's see if there are any takers.

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#12 tileguy
March 03 2014, 12:16PM
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I have to eat more crow, I predicted it would take at least $3 mil to sign Benjamin, so good work MacT. (previous plate was served to me regarding Omark)

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#13 Max
March 03 2014, 03:03PM
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Thank you Ben, for signing with us, and thank your wife for being a good and true hockey wife: "follow your man wherever he lands". We were well overdue for some good news, it's a smile day.

Sad about Duby tho, he did his best for the Oil, the D let him down previously and whatever went wrong this season is his own business. Good luck kid, you deserve it.

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#14 hankthetank
March 03 2014, 11:54AM
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Glad mact didnt blow his load on the 745 save night against the sharks a few weeks ago. Yay scrivenator! Seems sensible.

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#15 james_dean
March 03 2014, 12:18PM
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In nurse we trust

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#17 toprightcorner
March 03 2014, 11:53AM
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Great signing by both parties. No real risk at that cap hit and leaves lots of room for adding a solid goalie to push Scrivens for the starting role.

If Scrivens keeps up his play for the next 2 years he will get a starting goalie contract, if not he can still be a quality back up.

If MacT can add a solid guy like Halak or equivilant to create competition, our goalie issues could potentially be taken care of.

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#18 Muji
March 03 2014, 12:11PM
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Darcy wrote:

It took Nashville what 2 months to waive dubnyk and took us how many years of waiting and seeing?

#1: Dubnyk has been pretty solid the last couple years. Some were even expecting him to a be a darkhorse Team Canada pick less than 1 year ago. Before that, he was considered a developing prospect.

#2: Pekka Rinne is back.

It's amazing how fast an NHL career can go south... and it comes at the worst possible time for him with his contract being up and a strong crop of FA goalies this summer. I hope he lands on his feet.

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#19 pkam
March 03 2014, 12:25PM
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Rick wrote:

A deal anyone could make on this site. This was obvious. I'm not giving too much credit for the GM.

Not me. I was expecting 2.5M to 3.0M so I would start my offer at 2.5M and hope it was signed somewhere in between.

I was surprised MacT managed to sign him at 2.3M.

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#20 clrsnldvc81
March 03 2014, 12:30PM
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Fred wrote:

Ben Scrivens has played well on a very small sample size with the Oilers. Dubnyk has played well at various times on a small sample size. It took a long time for Oilers to realize he was not a #1 goalie. I,m no expert on goalies and I have no faith in the Oilers making a correct evaluation .Scrivens may turn out to be a bust. Given the Oilers track record there is a good chance this will be a bad contract.

How can this be a bad contract? $2.3/year? I would say this is a safer value bet than the one we gave Dubnyk (what was it $3.5-3.75/year)

Even if he turns out to be a bust it's 2 years... not 12 years...

Sure it's a small sample size but what other choice do we have? Wait for free agency and overpay for someone like Ryan Miller to DEBATE whether or not coming to Edmonton is on his want list?

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#21 Frank the dog
March 03 2014, 01:09PM
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@Serious Gord

I would have thought that Bachman, after his performance against LA, wouldn't be a bad fallback as a #2 backstop if MacT cant find a 1A.

Especially as Bryz is apparently not prepared to re-sign with the Oil.

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#22 Zarny
March 03 2014, 01:38PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

The generally accepted wisdom is that you build from the net out. that has not been KLOWE and co.'s MO.

I dont thnik any of the items would being addressed would have won more games than a top flight goalie would have over the past six years (imagine if we had gotten niemi when we had the chance...)

No it's not.

Chicago didn't build from the net out. Neither did Pit or Bos or LA or Det.

I completely agree that one of the Oilers failings was betting it all on Dubnyk; but there is no set formula for building a Cup winner other than to actually win the Cup you need every piece in place.

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#23 T__Bone88
March 03 2014, 12:02PM
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I think this is a fair deal for both. Low risk for Oilers and Scrivens gets security and a chance to prove that he is capable of being a starter. With Scrivens now signed I think the Jonas Hiller rumors will be thrown out. The Oilers for sure will be goalie hunting this offseason but probably like a No. 1B type goalie to platoon with Scrivens. Kinda ironic with the other news today that Dubnyk being waived. That deal for Hendricks isn't looking bad after all.

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LIKE!

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#25 Frank the dog
March 03 2014, 12:23PM
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Rick wrote:

A deal anyone could make on this site. This was obvious. I'm not giving too much credit for the GM.

I'm pleasantly surprised that a worthwhile player is prepared to sign on this team. Not sure whether it was the goalie or the Oilers limiting their risk, though.

Definitely a positive development for this team. It would have been quite embarrassing if even a local boy like Scrivens had refused to sign.

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#26 v4ance
March 03 2014, 12:48PM
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@Wonger

I tried to double trash this post but it wouldn't let me.

You haven't been watching Toronto's 4th line (with McLaren) getting owned and outscored almost as badly as our 4th line.

If we really want to stay in 29th-30th place, we pick up McLaren types. If we actually want to improve, we pick up real players who can skate and score.

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#27 Ed in Edmonton
March 03 2014, 01:10PM
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$2.3 per year is a grey area for goalies. A bargain for a starter or an overpayment for a back-up. Lets hope its the former in this case.

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#28 bwar
March 03 2014, 03:23PM
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@Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)

at 2.3 Mil he will either be an expensive backup or a cheap starter. Even if someone else is our starter next season I think it was very wise to get him signed.

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#29 Towersofdub
March 03 2014, 12:27PM
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@Fred

it's difficult to find a point in Dubnyk's career where he had a .940 save percentage. 2 yrs, and $2.3MM for Scrivens is a decent contract.

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#30 NsxZero
March 03 2014, 12:29PM
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Think part of his contract extension included an agreement for a new goalie coach?

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#31 Will
March 03 2014, 12:30PM
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Nice to see an upcoming UFA not think he's worth insane money on the open market. This is looking like a deep UFA year for goalies so it was unlikely Scrivens wanted to test that. He's shown real well here but does not have the sufficient body of NHL work to warrant a big contract. This seems fair for all parties involved.

Here's hoping he can provide us with what any of our number 1's over the last few years have been unable to do: average goal tending.

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#32 Al Low
March 03 2014, 01:07PM
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Solid signing by MacT. He needs a few more of these to help turn this team around.

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#33 27Ginge
March 03 2014, 11:54AM
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Probably an overpayment based on his body of work but I could care less. If you don't have tending you can't be competitive.

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#34 Towersofdub
March 03 2014, 12:25PM
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@Darcy

he's the 3rd best goalie on Nashville's roster right now. he was, unfortunately, the best goalie on the oilers roster!

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#35 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
March 03 2014, 01:30PM
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If only they could land that Fredrick Andersson kid now from the Ducks. The Oil would go into next season with some actual hope in goal. Have to eat some crow on this Scrivens signing as well. Figured Ben would use the Oilers to try and drive up the price and go elsewhere during the summer.

If Ben is moved before Wednesday, he comes with a very affordable contract. There's probably half a dozen teams looking to add some depth in goal for when the real season starts.

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#36 Zarny
March 03 2014, 01:36PM
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Awesome. As good as Scrivens has looked he is still unproven as a 60 starts per year guy so a 2 yr term is perfect with a reasonable cap hit.

Job well done MacT.

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#37 wintoon
March 03 2014, 12:34PM
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This is a value signing and, most importantly, may fill one of many holes. Focus still has to be on a 2C and top pairing defencemen as we all know. I am anxiously waiting to see what MacT can scrounge up for Gagner, Schultz,N. and Hemsky. If he is even moderately successful I will be thrilled.

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#38 Old Timer
March 03 2014, 12:39PM
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Good signing, MacT.

A full two years to play him lots and find out for sure whether he is a No.1.

After the 2 years is up he will either get the real big money or........

Perhaps by that time Laurent Brossoit will be knocking at the door.

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#39 jonny94
March 03 2014, 12:57PM
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That's a solid signing for both sides. Scrivens has a golden opportunity to prove he is a starting goalie in the NHL and the Oilers sign him to a low risk-high reward contract.

No problems with this signing what so ever. Good luck Ben Scrivens, great to see a hometown kid between the pipes.

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#40 nuge2nail
March 03 2014, 01:08PM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

Team needs at the start of season:

#2 Two Way Center with Size - Open

#2 Gritty Offensive LW - Perron

#3 Defensive Center - Gordan

#3 Gritty Tough LW - Hendricks

#1A Goalie - Open

#1B Goalie -Scrivens

Now we just need a #1D, #2D, #3D, #2C, and #1G and we are set.

Not a bad start for MacT, lots of work to do but he's filled in some holes. 40+ mil in cap space this off season, Mac will need to address at least two of the issues above for any chance at progress.

We should draft our future #2C or #2D this draft.

2763 days since the oilers last playoff game and counting...

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#41 Oilerz4life
March 03 2014, 01:37PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

If only they could land that Fredrick Andersson kid now from the Ducks. The Oil would go into next season with some actual hope in goal. Have to eat some crow on this Scrivens signing as well. Figured Ben would use the Oilers to try and drive up the price and go elsewhere during the summer.

If Ben is moved before Wednesday, he comes with a very affordable contract. There's probably half a dozen teams looking to add some depth in goal for when the real season starts.

Pretty sure Scrivens wasn't signed so they could try to move him before Wednesday, thats rediculous.

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#42 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
March 03 2014, 01:58PM
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Gregor, in the next media scrum, or when you have an appropriate guest on your show, can you ask them why it took the Oilers so long to evaluate Dubnyk, when Nashville played him for two games then put him on waivers?

Is it because our team is so unstable in so many areas the it makes evaluating individual players that much harder?

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#43 Zarny
March 03 2014, 03:03PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Anyone else think that moving Hemsky for a late 2nd round pick is counter-productive?

Opposed to losing him for nothing?

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#44 Lochenzo
March 03 2014, 12:26PM
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Great deal! Timing of it also tells me MacT is on the ball. If there was no hope in signing Scrivens, you could still deal him to recoup your pick.

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#45 clrsnldvc81
March 03 2014, 12:34PM
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John Chambers wrote:

Rumour has the Oilers pursuing Markov (and likely a big overpay on a 3-year contract). I'm supportive as there just isn't anything else available for LD that can fill the role. This to me is a necessary stop gap until Nurse is ready for the big assignments.

I could see the Oilers going after Spezza, or trading the pick for a C who can play on the top 2 lines. Gagner won't cut it, and Draisaitl or Bennett or Reinhart aren't the answer for the next two seasons.

Spezza on the trade block but with a limited no trade so what are the chances he comes to Edmonton?

I think Spezza is a better option than Gags on any day that ends in "Y"

Not sure what it would take to get that deal done though...

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#46 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
March 03 2014, 03:25PM
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bwar wrote:

at 2.3 Mil he will either be an expensive backup or a cheap starter. Even if someone else is our starter next season I think it was very wise to get him signed.

I agree it was wise to get him signed.

But let me ask my question another way....why was he so undervalued by Toronto and LA?

Toronto retained part of his already low salary to move him. What's up with that?

If it's a case of excellent pro scouting and Oilers seeing Gold where others only saw Fools gold...then great! But the question seems worth asking/ considering.

I like MacT and would like to add this signing to the Perron signing as a Win! If Scrivens were to continue his level of play this might be a bigger get than the Perron Deal.

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#47 Ed in Edmonton
March 03 2014, 03:33PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Anyone else think that moving Hemsky for a late 2nd round pick is counter-productive?

Hemsky has spoken more the media (and fans) in the last week than in his entire stay here. All his quotes make it pretty clear he is just waiting to get out of here. He has no intention of resigning, so getting anything for him will be better than getting nothing for him.

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#48 Tikkanese
March 03 2014, 04:16PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Agreed....I'm just saying I think that's brutal asset management...

Are you just being negative for the sake of being negative?

I guarantee he is trying to resign Hemsky and has been for most of the season. If Hemsky doesn't want to resign, MacT cannot force him to. Getting anything for a UFA is better than getting nothing. How is any of that "brutal asset management"?

Paying top 6 money to a 3rd liner(here) is brutal asset management. That is what Hemsky makes now and will surely want to keep on making, and will make if he goes to UFA. What say you?

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#49 Rick
March 03 2014, 12:09PM
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A deal anyone could make on this site. This was obvious. I'm not giving too much credit for the GM.

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#50 SRELIOFAN
March 03 2014, 12:29PM
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Randaman wrote:

Who makes the rules that a starter has to come up a certain way? Thought so. This is a bright spot on a very bleak year. Now we just need a #2 & #3 D, a #2 C and trade some smurfs for some size in the top 6. Eberle comes to mind. Tired of the fly bys and lack of effort defensively. Hanging with Snow pants too much.

How about a #1 D??

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