The problem with Sal/Volch is not that they have crazy contracts it's that we use them when we have better options on the roster. No one is complaining about either of their contracts, because there is zero reason to complain. Them being signed isn't the reason we don't have someone else signed that is better.
THe only time our spending matters as a team is when overpaying for X player results in us lossing the ability to resign player Y. This is not the case, there is alot of flexibility in the NHL on a longer term basis, you can do things to work your cap like trade it take half the hit or buy it out...ect. We are not in danger of being in cap trouble or missing out on signing players, and even if we did we could work something out. There is no real money when it comes to free agency, your only restriction is cap space not nominal amounts spent over the years. To many fans get caught up in how much someone is being paid.
Case in point, people went crazy when the vikings (i use alot of viking references) paid josh freeman 3 million to play the remainder of the year (or not play). And people were OUTRAGED that he got that kind of money to do nothing, but in reality it had no bearing on the team. As fans we shouldn't care about the owners bank account, only about how the spending impacts the teams ability to retain players.
Given that you can work around these contracts now, the bill doesn't really ever come due if you manage it well. If bills came due in today's NHL explain to me how the rangers manage to work, the only thing other than RC they have had to give up from their core is MDZ who was playing like sh!t anyway. They get to keep girardi lunqvist richards nash and will probably resign Mcdonaugh. I don't think outside of CS we have anyone worworthy of a huge contract, so clearly we have some room. The kids are still young and there will be time to free up money for them when they need to be signed.
Edited by Sneax, 24 February 2014 - 04:58 PM.