Monday, February 25, 2008

Boyle re-signs for big money

Defenceman Dan Boyle gets his mammoth new deal, $40-million over six years, as per TSN.

The size of the contract almost certainly means Brad Richards will be moved on Tuesday, as with the team's Big Three plus Boyle's $6.67-million cap hit, they've already got about $38.5-million committed next season, and that's without a starting goaltender.

Including the now-departed Vinny Prospal, Tampa Bay has eight pending unrestricted free agents to replace on the roster come this summer.

The cap hit's a steep figure for an offensive defenceman who is going to be 32 in July and is coming off of a gruesome, freak wrist injury that has kept him out of all but 17 games this season. Boyle's a great puckmover, but I can't imagine that'll be the case in 2013-14.

He's really only had three truly productive NHL seasons, was never drafted and is undersized for his position.

The Brian Campbell camp just got a new target to aim for, but if I'm a Buffalo Sabres fan, I'm calling for Darcy Regier to walk away from anything remotely close to this one.

Jay Feaster may be moving Richards, but his club is still stuck with far too much salary going to too few players — something that will likely hamstring Tampa Bay for years to come.

Some teams never learn.



At 10:45 p.m., February 25, 2008, Anonymous bk said...

OK, so he'll take up Richards's salary after he's moved, and the Lightning will be in just a tight a spot as before in terms of having cash to pay/sign a quality goalie and supporting cast.

Can't fault them for holding on to him, but seems like they're just going to continue pouring all their money into a tiny proportion of the lineup and that they haven't learned from the problem they were trading Richards to solve.

At 11:48 p.m., February 25, 2008, Blogger The Falconer said...

That contract is going to be a real headache when Boyle reaches the age 37 and 38 years. No matter how much the cap rises, the odds are good that Boyle will either no longer be an effective NHL player or will be hampered by injuries.

At 11:49 p.m., February 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I read a story in the Hockey News last summer in which told everybody that "Feaster's model" is going to be very popular.

Me thinks Feaster's model is awful and their non-success after lock-out proves it.

Feaster didn't have to give Richards what he gave him and now Boyle's deal is even worse.

If Holmgren was stupid with Timonen and JFJ with Kubina/McCabe I don't think Feaster had to be as stupid. But he was.

I quess you can make mistakes after you won Stanley Cup?

How about letting Boyle walk and give 35M to Campbell who is younger and better skater?

How about not trading fourth pick to Philly (Pitkanen) for Fedotenko? How good would Pitkanen look on Tampa D right about now?

At 1:20 a.m., February 26, 2008, Anonymous noah said...

I think it's possible that Feaster's problem is not the fact that he's given so much money to his top end, but that he's put together such a bad supporting cast.

Tampa's third and fourth lines are horrible. Guys like Shean Donovan, Chris Kelly, Chad Kilger, even Steve Moore don't cost much. A few of those types of guys would make them a much better team.

At 1:22 a.m., February 26, 2008, Anonymous noah said...

er, Dominic Moore.

Steve Moore might be available too, but from what I hear he wouldn't come cheap . . .

At 3:52 a.m., February 26, 2008, Blogger Chiba Chiba Y'all said...

Steve Moore might be available too, but from what I hear he wouldn't come cheap . . .

zing! a poor decision that we've already seen from this hockey club. I'm hoping that they can come through with the richards deal and get three players of moderate to successful quality just so the SE division might learn something about rolling lines.

If they lock up Boyle - who don't forget has had 3 good seasons in a row - and they retain two of the top 10 scoring forwards in the league (yes, yes 2 premiere forwards in an offense first division) then spending too much cake on a proven defenseman doesn't look as bad.

If Boyle walked or they traded poorly (which they likely would have, koff koff, prospal, koff), well, next year they'd be looking a hell of a lot like this did this year, wouldn't they?


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