How is paying a 25 goal scorer that is 6'2 230 a bad signing when its for 2 mil? especially when he's as popular around here as any player on the team. Sure Brewer at 4 mil is overpaid and you could argue Jackman as well but in no way are those contracts handicapping us. We have money to spend if needed and if its via trade we will send someone back with a larger salary. I really like the look of our team and think we're sitting comfortably heading into tomorrow because sure we could use another D-Man or backup tender but if the price is too high right now we dont have to overpay. I dont think we need any more depth forwards as we sit right now we have McClement, Crombeen, Winchester, King, Janssen, Porter, Stastny all in that role, so I wouldnt expect a Malhotra type.
I would be happy with a Harding/Conklin and Zubov and then if any trades come up throughout the summer take a look at those but that would be it via free agency.
A 6'2, 230 lbs, 37 year old who will not come close to scoring 25 goals next season. He'll be on the 3rd/4th line, playing a limited role. The money could have been spent elsewhere and put toward an important free agent signing such as Ohlund. Also, what could have been an open roster spot for a player like Eller is now closed. It's time to move on.
Jackman's contract isn't handicapping us? First, he sucks. Second, what other team wants Jackman on their team @ 4m/yr? Good luck trading him.
And yes, we could definitely use a Malhotra type. We need a faceoff specialist on this team.