Posted 17 July 2014 - 09:07 PM
The Ruutu trade made no sense. If his contract expired at the end of the 13-14 season, I'd have no problem with it. Well, there's 2 more years on his contract and we have yet another 3rd/4th line caliber player in our lineup that is filled with too many 3rd/4th line caliber players. Oh, and his contract is a $3.8mill cap hit (which is HORRIBLE even with the Canes picking up 20% of his $4.75mill/season contract) with a No Movement Clause.
Length of contract aside, I think management was looking to shore up a lack of forward grittiness in the lineup with a player known to cause major headaches to opposing teams. Think Ponikarovsky type addition to the team with a bit of added offense to frustrate the Crosby's in the league. The Devils knew Clowe's health was a big question mark heading into the final stretch run of their playoff push and Zubrus' tough play wasn't as pronounced as in previous seasons. I was ok with the move and am looking forward to seeing what he can do with a full trainng camp behind him. I get the cap hit concerns, but you can never have enough grit heading into the playoffs and players that are difficult to play against can effectively shutdown bigger, more offensive minded guns.
Edited by Unthinkable, 17 July 2014 - 09:09 PM.
"Look Hollom, its leadership they want. Strength. Now you find that within yourself and you will earn their respect. With that respect, true discipline goes by the board." -Captain Jack Aubrey
"Right, lads. Now I know there's not a faint heart among you. I know you're as anxious as I am to get into close action. But we must bring 'em right up beside us before we spring this trap. That will test our nerve. And discipline will count just as much as courage. The Acheron is a tough nut to crack. More then twice our guns. More then twice our numbers. And they will sell their lives dearly." -Capt. Jack Aubrey