ghdi took the words out of my mouth. I don't think this fanbase is proud of being at the salary floor. It's not 2000 anymore, there's a salary cap now, everyone's on presumably equal footing, or as equal as it's going to get. But by participating in the free agent market, you basically hope not to lose. Every so often a good signing happens and fans whine that their team didn't do it (the current one being P.A. Parenteau, which is a fair contract for a good player). And sometimes you've got to participate because you don't have a choice (NJ in 2007 with Dainius Zubrus, e.g.).
I don't mind letting players walk out the door when there's low cost alternatives.
The Devils are in the middle of teams that are appealing to free agents. Taxes aren't murder, the media is forgiving and small, the team has a history of winning, it's close to New York, the Devils have typically spent like a mid-market team since McMullen sold the team (exceptions being when NJ was way up above the cap in years like 2011 and 2007). These garbage rumors don't change that. It's paranoia.
its not about not signing there because the GM is not overpaying a UFA. It's about looking at the structure of the team and organization for the future and who your gonna be playing with, thats what players are looking for. Why do you think there's a bunch of players who wants to join the Pens or LA? cause if youre a winger you know you're gonna have a good center.
The Devils are not a shoe in contender like we were for the longest time. We don't have long term signed players other than Kovalchuk that another player would dream to play with. Our goalie situation is quite scary and god knows whats up in the future? We don't even know if Lou will still be here in a few years the guy is like 104 years old.
like i said somewhere else, i'd be surprised if guys like Horton or Ryder or whoever is out there would be thrilled to play with Zajac or a rookie who couldnt crack LA's lineup.
Gimme a break. Players go where they get paid. Oh boo hoo we can't get Jarome Iginla, tough break for us! We don't have anyone who players dream to play with - this is a media creation. Yeah, all else being equal, guys want to go to places where there are already great players. However, these teams, thanks to the salary cap, don't always have a lot of money.
Also yeah LA's gotten lots of free agents over the years like what's his name.
Edited by Triumph, 20 June 2013 - 02:22 PM.