Monday, July 03, 2006

Spezza kept in the fold, but it's a costly move

John Muckler isn't sitting around on this day off, as he spent the day signing Jason Spezza to a new two-year, $9 million deal.

Yes, that's right. Spezza will be paid as much as Eric Staal this coming season, except the 'Canes got Staal for one more season.

When the Staal deal was signed, I figured it would have an impact on Spezza's contract, but not in the sense that they would be for the same money. Staal was more important to his team and was a major part of his team winning the Stanley Cup. Spezz had a decent, albeit inconsistent, postseason, but the Sens failed to get out of the second round.

If Staal is worth $4.5 million, I figured, at most, Spezza was in the $4 mil area. You might say squabbling over $500K is a waste of time, but in this cap world, half a million bucks is a whole lot, especially for a team like the Sens who will be close against it.

So how in the world can Muckler justify this deal?

I'm all for locking up Spezza long-term but two years isn't a major committment (though that seems to be what the guys are taking to stay; do they know something I don't?).

Spezza had no arbitration rights so his only option was to play hardplay and not report to camp.

Oh, and in case you're wondering...

I'm beginning to wonder if the people at ScotiaBank Place have a plan. I assume they do, but assuming anything with this regime has proven to be dumb in the past.

Even if they unload Martin Havlat, they'll still be way over the self-imposed cap of (supposedly) $40 million.

7 Comments:

At 7:04 PM, Blogger Nick said...

Could an Alfredsson for spare parts trade be afoot? God, I hope not.

 
At 7:09 PM, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

Alfie has a no-trade clause and I doubt is interested in moving.

 
At 7:32 PM, Anonymous David Johnson said...

According to my calculations they have 13 players signed for around $35.5 million. Even just filling out the roster with $500,000 players would get them close to the $40 million mark. But several of their restricted free agents (Neil, Schaeffer, Vermette, Emery) are likely to cost well over that amount. Unless Melnyk had given the approval to go well beyond a $40 million budget the Senators you see is pretty much the Senators you've got and when Havlat gets traded don't expect experienced talent in return.

 
At 12:14 AM, Anonymous jz said...

I can't find any articles from Alfie's actual signing, but all my googling seems to suggest that Alfredsson does not have a NTC. Can you point where you're finding that?

 
At 1:40 AM, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

Actually, jz, I can't find anything about it either, but I could swear it exists.

 
At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Shammy in Kanata said...

This is just nuts man...it makes no sense how the Sens are paying out....

At bare minimum Havlat will go to arbitration and it will get *ugly*...

Why the hell did we lose a year for this crap???

 
At 9:16 PM, Anonymous Graham said...

Muckler gave Spezza so bloody much because he would have recieved more if he went to arbitration. He easily would have had over 90 points in 68 games, or 1.32 points per game, was only 10 points behind Eric Staal, had a better plus minus, more game winning goals, more game tieing goals, far less stupid penalties and was a decent face off man. You can argue that he should not have got it because of all the giveaways he had, but really, look at Joe Thornton, he had more giveaways than Jason.

 

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