Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Samsonov cashes in

The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with right wing Sergei Samsonov on a three-year, $7.6 million contract.

Samsonov will receive $2.3 million in 2008-09, $2.5 million in 2009-10 and $2.8 million in 2010-11.

"We were very excited about Sergei's play after he arrived in Carolina," said Hurricanes' president Jim Rutherford. "It was important to the success of our team going forward that we keep him here."
Getting Samsonov on waivers at midseason was a desperation move, so I'm not quite sure how to characterize this signing. He couldn't have had a ton of leverage given no one wanted him at this price a few months ago.

If he tanks again, this redefines having a "contract season." A good 38 games was all it took this time around.
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15 Comments:

At 5:36 PM, April 16, 2008, Anonymous b said...

I guess they've forgotten what happened when Chicago gave him a big contract.
And also how he played in Montreal.

This seems very silly

 
At 5:50 PM, April 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Silly" is the perfect word for it.

Why not give him one year and see how he worked out? They can't be that desperate for forwards.

--Baroque

 
At 5:54 PM, April 16, 2008, Blogger Chiba Chiba Y'all said...

And for 3 years? No sense. This is like putting a ring on the finger of a girl that's cheated on a couple guys you know. Yeah, for a half a year she gave you some inexpensive first dates, but c'mon! You don't marry the girl!

 
At 6:34 PM, April 16, 2008, Blogger Pyronite said...

Silly is how it was characterized when the Hurricanes picked him up in the first place.

Fact is, the guy had a bad, bad time in Edmonton and Montreal, but rumors of his demise were (and still are) greatly exaggerated.

I'm assuming that the suggestion in Mirtle's post and the follow-up comments is that Samsonov is lazy and will stop working after signing such a contract. If the rest of the league bothered watching Carolina, it's readily apparent that his play over the second half of the season was not a fluke.

 
At 6:38 PM, April 16, 2008, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

If the rest of the league bothered watching Carolina, it's readily apparent that his play over the second half of the season was not a fluke.

Well, if the rest of the league bothered watching Carolina, then maybe Samsonov would have been worth the money.

But if he's Carolina's best kept secret, why throw him that much dough? Ideally the Canes should pay him about as much as the next highest UFA bidder, and if nobody realizes how good he's been, I think they overpaid a bit.

 
At 6:43 PM, April 16, 2008, Blogger Shane Giroux said...

"they overpaid a bit."

That's the polite way of putting it ;)

 
At 6:48 PM, April 16, 2008, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

I would have said something stronger, but I totally fall into that category of fans that "never bothers to watch Carolina".

 
At 6:55 PM, April 16, 2008, Blogger Steve said...

Fact is, the guy had a bad, bad time in Edmonton and Montreal

Actually, he had a reasonably good time in Edmonton - his Oilers stint was his most recent performance when Montreal signed him to that contract, which ought to tell you something.

 
At 7:06 PM, April 16, 2008, Blogger Chiba Chiba Y'all said...

I'm assuming that the suggestion in Mirtle's post and the follow-up comments is that Samsonov is lazy

I think more so it's that when you go to an auction you don't start with the highest bid. "I have 7.6 from Jim Rutherford, do I hear 8 with a no trade clause from JFJ? Oooooooh, right."

 
At 7:36 PM, April 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That little bag of puss started whining three weeks into his stint in Montreal. He fouled the atmosphere of the team with his whiney attitude. I'd say 'Oh well it's not my money' but the Canes get welfare from teams like Montreal so basically George Gillet is getting screwed twice over by this little puke head.

 
At 9:56 PM, April 16, 2008, Anonymous b said...

Silly is how it was characterized when the Hurricanes picked him up in the first place.

Nope, when they picked him up I thought it was an alright move. The Canes' offense was depleted and struggling, so why not?

I don't think he's lazy. Just wildly inconsistent and likely overpaid ever since his first couple strong seasons in Boston.

That auction comment sums it up well..

 
At 10:01 PM, April 16, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I think Samsonov really, really needs a marquee centre to do some of the dirty work for him. He was fine in Boston, and has played well with Staal in Carolina, but otherwise?

 
At 7:11 AM, April 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has a player ever been bought out BEFORE he plays a single game under his new contract?
I'm excluding Zhamnov, who I think become permanently disabled 15 minutes after signing that billion-dollar deal with the Bruins.

 
At 9:36 AM, April 17, 2008, Blogger Chemmy said...

Over under on Samsonov's point total next year: 25.

 
At 1:46 PM, April 17, 2008, Blogger Bubba said...

Samsonov is probably one of the most skilled player on the Carolina team right now. Will he always be a high point producer? I doubt it, but he's not getting paid to be a top point producer.

An average of 2.5 million a year doesn't seem bad to me when compared to some other signings...like maybe

Todd Bertuzzi, Michal Handzus, Sheldon Souray, Wade Reddon, and the list goes on and on.

Is 2.5 million per year really too much?

Bottom line, I enjoyed watching him play last season. I look forward to the next 3 years.

 

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