RisslingsMissingTeeth wrote:To expand on Mad City Mike's point. It was clear to most fans and Lemieux and Burkle that this team was best defensively when Martin-Letang-Orpik-and Scuds were out this past year. That is a king's ransom in salaries for guys that were not showing to be superior defensively to the guys we were bringing up from WB/S. Stop living in the pa$t.
I don't see this as the point.
The debate involves how much hockey the guy has left in him, whether there's a role (leadership or otherwise) for him on the team to help with the kids, and whether or not the price could be low enough. No one's trying to relive The 2008 Shift vs. Detroit in perpetual loop. Also, no one who considers a role for him advocates paying him top-pair money for 6 years.
Consider that the Kings have Mitchell (3.5M, UFA) and Regehr (3M) to support their D-men 25 and younger. Granted, they could afford 6.5M to those old guys because of they have no one except for Kopitar and Doughty hitting > 6M and no one > 7M.
Fans also can't turn the team completely over to Sid, Geno, and WBS and then be concerned later when there isn't a respected elder statesman (other than the C and As) in the room.