Point at 7.5M is laughable ... and why does Tampa NOT bring in new trades and UFAs at forward? It baffles me why Tampa fans dont want outside experienced Cup winning blood .. folks if internal driven culture is not changed; forget the Cup .. the interesting part is Tampas D has had "new blood" .. McDonough Cernek Shatterkiek Colburn Sergachev Rutta etc.. but IGNORE the forwards and only use home grown.. only overpay for marginal shrimps that would be worth less on open market ... it really is odd on how D and O have been built .. and in playoffs the home grown forwards just crumble
Point at $7.25 x 8 would be quite something, but for a three year bridge deal that lets him get his huge contract right afterwards, it’s pretty fair especially since all signs indicate that he likes Tampa.
Do you really think that the experiences of Stamkos, Johnson, Palat, Kucherov, Killorn, Hedman, Coburn, and McDonagh having been two (three for McDonagh) games from winning the Cup and having competed in several deep runs aren’t at least as good as those of a veteran who happened to win just one or two more games as a depth forward? Maroon didn’t win his team a Cup and I can guarantee he doesn’t have the magic formula that made the difference between an SCF loss and an SCF win, and he’s probably the best Cup winner we could possibly afford. Did WSH have any Cup winners when they won? Did STL? Did CHI or LAK at the beginning of their dynasties? I’m pretty sure none of them did. We have more playoff experience than literally anyone else and I highly doubt there’s anything that a depth Cup winner knows that the captain of an SCF loser doesn’t know. We should bring in forwards who help us on the ice, not pretend like a depth veteran can change our culture just because his team won two more games than ours once.
Gourde, Johnson, and Palat would easily get $5.5m on the open market and could probably reach over $6m. Gourde was a tenacious 64pt defensively talented winger when he signed, Johnson was a fast and versatile scorer with incredible playoff performances, and Palat was one of the best defensive forwards in the game. I don’t like the paths they’ve taken since, but you can’t pay someone less than 30 less money because you’re somehow predicting regression. I wish you could, but no GM can.
Most teams fourth line hits more than the other three; that’s their job. I agree that we need to be more physical, but Maroon or Kreider at the deadline for a year (and no more) and Raddysh and N. Foote in the future do that. The best artificial intelligence models with every statistic there is can only predict hockey with 68% accuracy, meaning there’s a lot of luck. Sometimes over a four game sample size, you don’t get lucky and just have to make minor changes. No one player will eliminate that factor or teach us the secret of winning those last couple of games. We don’t have cap space, so this is the team we’re stuck with. It has a better chance of a Cup than thirty other teams according to experts.
This AGM is probably what BriseBois is hoping happens, and while all of these players could demand more, it’s not unreasonable that they don’t. In that case, we would be favorites for at least three more runs.