The ‘eight digit’ contracts are a problem. No doubt about that. However, in my casual observation of the NHL this year, one thing stands out is a seemingly unprecedented glut of 20-23 year old talent. Right now 5 of the top 10 scorers are in that age range, and most of this year’s all-stars, I’d never even heard of.
So, for this GM to lop off failed projects to get younger and cheaper might end up looking like a genius move when free agency explodes in a few years. I mean, there’s definitely a lockout on the horizon. But, best to be in a good position to capitalize when the dust settles.
It kinda feels like the Wild missed the boat on that wave of youngsters... I don't know if JE-Ek, Donato, or Greenway can be all star level. I concur with your thought on Fiala, AKA James Sheppard. Hype with no substance...
There's too many potential lockouts to keep up with! September is the month where either the owners or players can opt out and start the labor war. The escrow clause for the players sounds like a rough deal.https://www.chicagot...0916-story.html
Bettman's pride must get in the way. It's the only explanation for not admitting the warm weather/desert expansion has been a failure. They could and should relocate 2-3 teams to a more prosperous and interested city.