That being said, I don’t like the fact that the market for UFA defenders is now orbiting Jupiter. Much as I like Johnsson, he’s not worth $4.85 million per season, especially coming off a year in which he missed the second half and all of the playoffs with a concussion.
People like John Ferguson, Mike Barnett, and Peter Chiarelli are responsible for this crap. Johnsson asked for $4 million from Bob Clarke and was denied, due to his injury and sub-par season (Clarke probably would have taken him back at $3.25 million, a nice bump from his previous $2.8). JFJ shells out $17 million for four blueliners, Barnett and Chiarelli shock everyone by snatching up Jovo and Chara respectively at astronomical wages, and all of a sudden Johnsson gets almost a million bucks more from a non-playoff team?
This will get out of control.]]>
Add that to Gaborik, Bouchard, Rolston and White and you have a pretty good top 6 with lots of speed and skill, ans some defensive responsability.
For a defensive team they are kind of weak on defense, but Carney adds a lot of grit and experience to their young group, and with steady goaltending from Fernandez and very good team defense, I don’t think they are playoff bound just yet, but I htink they just made themselves a lot harder to play against…]]>