I have NEVER heard of any player hating Carlyle besides Lupul over playing reasons and Ryan for reasons that I don't know and simply don't care. You think every player adores their coach? No. He won a cup with that team for christ's sake and I could care less about Andy freakin McDonald... who's no longer with the Ducks anyways.
You just love finding reasons to hate on everything Burke does which is clear here once again you want to hate on Carlyle and Burke hiring him.
Lol Optimized I really respect you defending Bouwmester but I really, really don't think he's a good option for this team. Especially at this point in time. As mean as this sounds I really hope he rots in Calgary because no team is going to want to eat up all that cash for a guy who barely provides anything anymore but most games played without getting hurt.
You can bet that the Avs, Flyers, and Blues will look at him. I hope they don't get him.
I will defend him all day lol. He's a very valuable player IMO, people just look at his cap and salary and if he's not at an elite level he's a bust for some reason. 30 pts and logs quality minutes. He may not be that elite #1 dman anymore but he upgrades our back end instantly.
Phanuef, Bouwmeester, Liles, Gardiner. Hell of a top 4 IMO. guys that can play a tonne, all with the ability to put up 20+ points. Not to mention all are above average skaters (ok maybe phanuef is average).
I have never complained about Phanuef's contract, people look at his cap hit and expect some elite player and ignore what he does on the ice (except when he makes a mistake). If you really thought Phanuef was going to be the "old Phanuef" right away then you were on bath salts. He needs someone to help he carry the load. We don't have one for him, but Jay could be that guy. If Phanuef was playing at an elite level we wouldn't have gotten him for trash. BTW he was an allstar this year.
Freakin' bath salts lol :laugh2:
Look at all the players coming off the books next year, why add a guy who's being paid 6.6 million it ruins the fact that you have all sorts of space. The Leafs do not need a guy like Bouwmester right now, they need youth, speed and one or two defensive guys who aren't being paid 4.5 mill (cough Komisarek)
So if and whenever in god's name Komisarek is dealt, then I like the corps they have and the youth they have.
Gardiner, Phaneuf, Gunnarsson, Fanson (if re-signed) Liles (oldest defensemen) Holzer.
And then of course youth wise you have Blacker, Percy, Rielly, Finn and hopeful guys like Lashoff.
If you bring it Bouwmester who's contract expires after next season I am pretty sure you have an unnecessary cap hit and it takes away playing time for a younger guy. If indeed Bouwmester was making an impact on Calgary (which he really isn't) then I would say okay maybe.
I also am a little evil because I love his and all the bad contracts that are suffocating Calgary. Wideman at 5.2 mil, Hudler at 4, Bouwmester at 6.6, Giordano at 4, and Camallari at 6.
Yeah I like to crap on Burke and for some good reasons... but thank god we have him instead of Jay Feaster. I don't know what the **** goes through that guys head.
I want getzlaf too but i really doubt he comes here. Unless he has a really good relationship with Burke. I REALLY beleive that Getz and perry will follow eachother.
Detriot is going to be a huge player for him and perry. no question. whatever we can offer they can offer.
I wrote a long post (in the If i were burke thread) and getting Bouwmeester would not make it tougher to get Getzlaf. I thought it was more realistic to target Zajac and gave him $5M, add in Jaybo and we still had $8M+ in cap.
I think people are jumping to the conclusion that i think Jay is an elite dman or that he's a #1. I want him strictly because he can log a lot of minutes, and guys like those aren't just given away like Jaybo could be soon. Calgary wants a young centre and young dman for the future. Colborne and Franson seem to be expendable as we have no real place for them. Colborne, Franson, Komiserak, and a 3rd has to at least interest some leaf fans. His presence will take a load of Phanuef and he won't out like he has the past few years.
Thats all i'll post about Jaybo, i can see some are irritated about me bringing up the guy.
I wouldn't rule out Burke being able to sign Getzlaf and Perry. But players of that ilk always usually resign with their current teams. A few squeek through like a Suter or Parise but not often. It'd be nice if one or both of them wanted to play for Burke again, but the fact is that until we start becoming alot more competitive elite FA's won't be very interested in coming here. If Anaheim takes a dump again this year it might be quite possible one or both of them hits the open market. But I'd assume by the trade deadline Anaheim would know what the future holds and probably trades one or both of them. They'd obviously be traded to a contender who would probably offer them very good money to resign.