mikey287 wrote:Jim wrote:Chirpin' Grinder wrote:DelPen wrote:
If Spaling's award or signing comes in at or below $1.8 million and Sutter and Despres simply take their qualifiers we could land him for up to $1.9 million leaving pretty much no cap space. Unfortunately, getting Spaling back in the Neal deal could prevent us from getting a Stempniak, who on this team is a legit top 6 winger. Really hope Spaling is better than what he appears, with what we will end up paying him he will almost have to play on 2nd line LW.
Great point Delpen, hopefully it becomes understood that Spaling added no value to the Neal deal. Daniel Winnik or Lee Stempniak would be better signings and better fits for this team's needs for around the same money.
If Rutherford would manage to move Scuderi, he could also free up enough space to sign either of those guys and create some depth. Dupuis, Bennett and Downie are three huge health risks in the top 9.
If taking him helped get Hornqvist here over Neal... then Spalding added value to the deal.
We took Spaling because we wanted him. It wasn't a salary dump or a contract spot coming back. Either team could have walked away at any time - until arbitration was filed.
And re: UFAs, it takes two to tango. Players have to want to sign here as well. Maybe the organization didn't want Stempniak back (or vice versa). Maybe Winnik doesn't want to play in the East - or wants $3+ million. He is not shy about trying to squeeze every dollar out of his contracts.
We obviously saw added value in bringing in Spaling or else, ya know, we just wouldn't have done so...simple. Now, you might not like Spaling, but that's a completely different story.
It makes you wonder what value they see in him or what they think he will add that couldn't have been obtained via the UFA market with the same precious cap $$$'s. He doesn't address any of the needs Rutherford identified. A guy that isn't skilled enough for top 6 duty and isn't gritty or tough enough for bottom six, especially alongside gentlemen such as Goc or Sutter, is the absolute antithesis of what this team needed. As you had noted Mikey, we had Dustin Jeffrey.
Spaling is much more likely to disappear than step up during the playoff war of attrition. This is a guy that doesn't like contact. Add that to the fact that Rutherford was blathering the word "analytics" in every interview he gave and its just a really curious addition to the deal. Who recommended him? Why and based on what?
Just as a procedural issue, how does a team walk away after a player has been qualified?