A Big Day In Sens-Land
Wow, miss a little, you miss a lot!
I’m just going to tackle these moves one at a time, and provide my analysis of each.
- Murray Extended As GM – I whole heartedly agree with this move, for a few reasons. Firstly, nobody has a pulse on this team, its assets and deficiencies, like Murray. Two, at one year, the Sens do not risk having to pay for a dismissed GM should the deal prove to have been the wrong move. This isn’t to say Murray has been perfect, but who is? He’s done a solid job (so far) with drafting (Karlsson, Weircioch, Z. Smith, Petersson, Grant, Cowen, Silverberg, Lehner, Wideman) and has been decent on the trade front (Campoli, Kuba, Michalek, Cullen for Heatley and Meszaros) under difficult circumstances.
- Volchenkov Offer Made – This is good, depending upon the deal that was offered. I’m a huge Volchenkov fan, but I do not believe a team can offer elite money for defensive defensemen. Look no further than the Komisarek deal to see how over paying a dman can hinder a teams ability to produce sufficient offense. Like it or not, offense pays, and if you pay for defense, you can’t buy offense. My worry is around the advice of Volchy’s agent. Grossman is known to be a “UFA or bust” negotiator, and believes his clients should either test the market, or sign for the UFA premium if they don’t. Considering the lack of talent in this summers off season UFA market, Volchy could command an over-weighted deal. It’s up to Volchy, and that was what Murray was saying when he indicated he wished to speak to Volchy directly.
- Sens Trade For Cullen – This is not a “blockbuster” deal, for an elite talent. This is a depth trade, for a very solid depth player, the type of player that wins you play-off games by outperforming his counter-parts, not those above them on the depth chart. To make it clear to Sens fans, Cullen is a Gary Roberts type player, not an Alfie type player. The fact his acquisition (and the elimination of Picards 1-way deal) cost the Sens a 2nd makes this a good deal…not a great deal, but very solid.
- Sens Waive Cheechoo – Can’t say the writing wasn’t on the wall for this one, and I for one have been calling for this move for weeks now. I respect the hell out of Cheechoo, and would be the first in line to support him in regaining his NHL form, but business is business, and if you want to cash big cheques, you can’t blame the one writing them for expecting you to earn it too.
The obvious question remains “What’s next?”
I’m hoping it’s a legit #3-4 dman, but failing that, let’s hope one of the two recent call-ups (Lee, D. Smith) can surprise and prove to be steady NHL’ers.