heyfolks wrote: CoconutBackwards wrote:
Where do you see any indication that Holland's dumb ass has learned anything?
It appears that perhaps Holland has learned his lesson
cska91 wrote:I find the argument that AA should not argue over a few thousand dollars, swallow his pride, sign a short deal and earn it on the ice... completely laughable. Why is Holland arguing over a few thousand dollars then? Oh, wait. I forgot. He doesn't have the cap space because he mortgaged the Red Wings' future for years to come.
Remember how Holland explained Ericsson's contract and several of the ones above? These players were supposed to grow into a bigger a role and be a great bargain. Why doesn't that apply to AA, a young kid with great potential?
This organization is biting its own nose off to spite its face by making AA hold the short end of the stick. The hypocrisy, idiocy and incompetence are mind-boggling. They are willing to piss away a good young player over a bridge deal.
. Unfortunately AA is the exact kind of player that Holland should be trying to make those bets on.
Unfortunately all of those other bad deals are on the books, as well as Weiss, and the situation is what it is. The one that frosts me is 3x3+ for Trevor Fucking Dailey. I'd prefer to have not signed him at all, but Holland really needed a better handle on this before signing Dailey and it's hard to believe that Dailey couldn't have been had for something more like 3x2.5.
He's not signing AA to a ridiculous contract.
A short term 2.5 million a year contract is ridiculous? There are a shit load of bad contracts on this team but i doubt this (if they signed him to what he wants) would be considered as such. AA still has a lot of potential to be worth way more.
This playing hardball with AA doesn't mean Holland is learning anything at all. Holland is almost always playing hardball with younger RFAs and this was never really his problem. His problem is always overpaying for guys that will become or are UFAs...playing hardball with AA doesn't mean squat when it comes to that. I would rather he overpays a bit for a young player with potential (especially short term) than overpay a player on the downside (long term) that everyone knows will never live up to that contract and be an albatross in the last few years of the contract.
I mean AA at 2.5 a year would have to be some kind of horrible for nobody to even want him in a trade at that salary on a short term deal. Just look at Sheahan...apparently some teams wanted him at 2 mil a year for a guy that hadn't even scored a single goal at the the deadline and was playing like total shit with lots of PP time.