When thinking about this year’s free agency, I just thought of this: No matter how rich you are, seven dollars is too much for a soda.
When we woke up on July 1, we were wondering which forwards were going to come to Nashville. We all were like little children on Christmas morning excited to see what was under the tree. Well, we waited and waited and still we found nothing under the tree. It was a little hurtful.
But if we look at what happened in the grand scheme of things, we can’t be too upset. Jason Spezza and Ryan Kesler didn’t want to be here (and we don’t know their reasons, so we can’t blame management), Paul Stastny wanted to go home to St. Louis and Thomas Vanek was going to go to Minnesota. Every other top center was WAY too expensive for what they were going for. This wasn’t an issue of Nashville not wanting to spend money. This is the Predators simply not over-paying and putting bad contracts on the roster. They signed Olli Jokinen to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million–a bargain–considering the insane money thrown around on Canada Day.
And before you say: “Well that’s the market, we should have paid to get in!” then you’re missing the point. Yes, the market is set by free agency, but there is more than one way to skin a cat and more than one way to pick up offensive talent. Again, seven dollars is too much for a soda. If you are thirsty and you see a convenience store selling 20 oz. bottles for almost ten bucks, you might want to look somewhere else to satisfy your thirst. Otherwise, you may not have enough for lunch.
Nashville looks to have a playoff team now, but this is not a Cup contender where we currently stand. A center will help the Predators get there, but it still doesn’t look like it will be enough. If Nashville overpaid for an overrated center, then they would be locking themselves in for a long season if it didn’t work out. The offseason isn’t over, so it isn’t unreasonable to trust Nashville General Manager David Poile this July.