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The Matt Stajan Signing

Now first I’d like to suggest we all start off by pretending yesterday didn’t happen.  Not just because of hockey, but for various other reasons too. (Also, I can handle losing to Canada, your roster was absurd, but seriously, goddamn Crosby? I’d take Perry scoring the OT goal over him if it meant that I wouldn’t have NBC shoving more Crosby down my throat for the next 4 years.)

Aaaanyways, no acknowledging yesterday?  Sounds good to me. 

So Matt Stajan just got signed for 4 more years at $3.5M per.  And before I get discussing this, here’s the usual links to other blog’s reactions to the signing:

Kent at Flamesnation

Robert Cleave at Matchsticks and Gasoline

Given his production this year, that’s not a bad deal.  But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t stink on ice.  And it certainly makes the Bourque deal awful too.  Here’s why:

1. We have a ridiculous amount of players who are at best better than average signed to multiple years in the 3M/year range.

  • Langkow at $4.5M for 2 more
  • Bourque at $3.3M for 6 more
  • Hagman at $3M for 2 more
  • Kotalik at $3M for 2 more
  • Sarich at $3.6M for 2 more

Some of these aren’t terrible individually, specifically the Hagman, Bourque, and Stajan deals.  But altogether?  We’re in deep shit in the future.

2. We have zero room in the future for a scoring top line winger.

Let’s face it, Iggy, though we all love him, is past his best days.  He no longer drives possession, plays overly physical, and he all-around just seems a step behind the old Iggy.  This means he needs a replacement.  One we don’t have cash for.  In fact, our cap space next season is a wonderful $6.86M.  Which brings me to my next reason of crapitude (hereafter referred to on this blog as Suttertude):

3. We have 16 players signed for next year.

Yes, 16.  That means to sign 7 players to fill out the roster next year they’ll cost an average of $980,000.  And that’s IF we go to the cap.  Yeah, right now most of the players we don’t have locked up are earning about or less than that, but some are due for a raise (Ian White and his fabulous when-it’s-hopefully-grown-back mustache) and others are worth more in general (Higgins).  Hell, even if Greg Nemisz were to be called up he’d earn more than the horrifying $980,000.

So In Conclusion

What the hell is Shifty doing with this team?  It’s beyond being a joke now.  It seems to me he has no long term plans for how to structure the team, he just signs players he likes, regardless of how they fit.  Either trades (KotalikKotalikKotalikKotalikKotalik) are coming this week, or Shifty is trying to get fired.

On a side note, I like Stajan.  I just wish circumstances were different.  It’s like meeting your dream girl after marrying the one night stand you knocked up.  Not that I know that feeling…

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  1. CWallace
    March 1, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Darren Dreger tweets:

    As per TSN. Stajan extension is for $4.5 in each of the first two years. $2.5 in the final two years. $3.5 mil average.

    Frees up some money for a top line forward as Iggy declines.

    • Arik
      March 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm

      While it frees up real money, the cap space is the average. So every year it’s 3.5M

  2. CWallace
    March 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    And it’s going to make the next two years all that much more tight. But at least there will be a little break as Iggy ages.

  3. CWallace
    March 1, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Actually, I didn’t even read your comment. My bad.
    Love the blog and thanks for keeping the coast safe!

  4. March 1, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I agree the cap situation looks a bit tenuous. That said, Cory Sarich and Ales Kotalik are rather expendable and eliminating one or both could score the org some space.

    • Arik
      March 1, 2010 at 6:49 pm

      Oh, I agree they’re expendable from our point of view, but who would be willing to take them? The only GM I can see willing to do that is the one that traded Kotalik in the first place.

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