TheHammer24 wrote:Pitt87 wrote:FLPensFan wrote:Pitt87 wrote:TheHammer24 wrote:I expect Jokinen will be our compliance buyout.
How does eliminating a one-year contract for $2.1 million --especially for a guy that could legitimately help fill open spots on the roster next year -- help?
Because with Crosby healthy, they really don't have a need or space for Jokinen. Shero has said before that if Crosby wasn't injured, he probably doesn't make the deal for Jokinen. He needs to be a #2 center or somewhere in the top 6 to be utilized effectively. He's not going to supplant Crosby, Malkin, or Sutter, he's not a 4th line center, and he makes too much money to sit in the press box waiting for an injury. They will try to trade him for anything, or buy him out most likely.
In a season where we likely must replace some function of Cooke/TK/Dupuis, and the HOPEFUL non-signing of Adams, I think a guy that can play well in multiple scenarios, kill penalties, win faceoffs and chip in offensively is worth $2million next year. Buying him out saves very little since he would have to be replaced.
He's worth $2 million a year, but not on our team. We have Beau Bennett o play top 6 at $900,000. When you're brushed against the cap the luxury of a $2 million forward that will spend considerable amounts of time in the press box is not possible.
There are places he could play and be successful that are not on the top 2 lines or press box. He can center a 4th line, play on Sutter's wing on the 3rd line, get time on a second PP unit, and kill penalties. If anything, having a top 6 winger making $900k makes it easier to retain a role player that makes $2 million. Worth every penny, IMO.