Wouldn't it be great to have a guy like Vincent Levacalier on the team? What an upgrade he'd be over Filppula!
5 years $25 million was too much for the Red Wings. Thoughts?
I'm in board too. I mean it seams to me, u sign Vinny, and lose Fil, who is going to walk anyway. Imo
Wasn't sold on the 5-year term, especially with some of the kids we have coming up. But we add Vinny to this team and have his contract run out 1 year after Pav's does, seems to make sense given that would be our real window to win another championship. Will Lecavalier still be wort $5M in 4 years? Probably not. But if we became contenders for the next 3 years as a result of this signing, isn't the risk of the last 2 years worth it?
And if Dallas is where he ends up - is it because of the money/term? Could we have offered up $5M over 4 years? Would that have mattered to him? After getting paid out $8M in signing bonuses and 2/3 of his huge contract? I feel like there may have been room to negotiate here but maybe not?
I heard state taxes were a factor (neither Florida nor Texas has them and this is key in getting the full amount of BOTH his buyout and new contract).
@DetCapC19 i'd say it's worth it. "overpaying" someone is only an issue if you would have given that money to someone else.
Touche. That's a good point. I'd rather "overpay" for someone than not use the cap space if signing that person helps us win.
You've sold me - I think we should have given him the $25/5.