An interesting one for Kevin Lowe. Worth a brief recap methinks.
Off of the top of my head, and in no particular order, here we go.
Signs Roloson to a 3 year, $11M deal moments before the UFA period begins.
You had to think that Roloson would ask for MannyMoney. That's just the way that hockey players think. The question was whether or not Lowe would pay it. And the answer was YES.
Fernandez signed for the same three year term at an escalating rate. $3.75M, $4.5M, $4.75M. That's $13M at an ascending annual rate. Which is fair enough, Manny is still pretty young. Roloson got $11M over three years, he starts out getting a bit more than Manny at $4M and then sees his salary remain the same in year two and drop a million in year three. Which is fair enough, although he is apparently a fit guy, Rolo is getting pretty old.
So thinking of it within that framework, this was a pretty well negotiated deal by Lowe's team. And a very fair deal for Roloson as well.
Without knowing the asking price for Nabokov or Giguere it is hard to say if this was a smart move moneywise. But there isn't much to bitch about here, especially after seeing the Gerber deal that followed. Aside from Hasek, which is sort of a special case, Manny Legace is the goalie bargain of the year I think. But it would have been a strange move for Lowe to pursue him, I don't think he really could have. Not sensible.
As an aside: Rolo was a trade deadline mercenary, rare that those guys sign with their short term team. I think Roloson was the only one from the 05/06 deadline trades, no?Signs Pisani to a four year, $10M deal.
I was hoping for more of a home town discount, but it's a fair rate. Pisani was in a unique position because he combined a long track record of stunningly effective outscoring against some damn good opposition over his short NHL career with a remarkable streak of goal scoring in the playoffs. If he had gone UFA he would have had a lot of suitors, from Doug Wilson and Bobby Clarke at one end to Dale Tallon and Mike Barnett at the other. A good signing methinks.The Pronger trade for Lupul and Smid.
A disappointment for me. I'm not disputing the quality of any player in the deal, but this move smells of "rebuild on the fly". Granted the persistent rumours of Horton/JayBo set the bar pretty high, and if
that deal really was on the table and Lowe balked ... then that was a huge mistake IMO.
Lupul is not really the kind of player I like. He's a drifter and a shooter. But this coaching staff likes that kind of guy more than most. If you can finish ... these guys are willing to live with some other flaws in your game. That's not so common for NHL coaching staffs in this era.Locks up the key forwards: The Horcoff and Hemsky Deals.
Both terrific IMO. Though if one of them breaks their legs in training camp it will look like a lot of cash down the drain of course. No reward without risk though. Great deals.Acquires two defensemen we've never heard of before.
Hejda and Tjarnqvist. Who? Jury is out. Then again, who the hell knew who Karlis Skrastins was before he came over when he was about 6 or 7 years older than Smid is now? And he's the guy that Q leaned on every bit as much as Blake last season. You never know with defensemen. Some effer who is waived without takers this season will be a hot commodity on the UFA defenseman market in a couple of years ... I don't know who, but someone will.
The main thing is that Lowe didn't overpay for a mediocre D in the madass market that John Ferguson created on July 1st. Would have screwed up his own salary structure with Smith and Staios if he had.Signs Reasoner.
A great signing. I wish they could have gotten him for more years though. Looked like this guy's career might be over at this time last summer. I was tough and go with the knee issue. But he should be even better this year, and hopefully he gets better icetime and opportunity this go 'round. I suspect that he will.
Signs Petr Sykora.
A really good signing IMO, I like Sykora. I really thought that Petr would come a bit cheaper though, because his counting numbers haven't been any hell over the past three years. Still a good deal though. We'll see how well he does as a PP pointman, because I'm guessing that he was promised that opportunity with the signing. And Pronger left a big void on the PP when he left the team.