right around the time duncan and i were puttin' back our second pints on a toronto patio last night, darryl sutter was, presumeably, filing the paperwork that put warrener, eriksson & nilson on waivers.
while warrener and eriksson seemed like obvious moves (untradeable, unplayable guys), i'm a little surprised at the inclusion of nilson. at 1 million/yr, with a year left on his contract [wasn't the extension signed just this past year ??!] and the only natural LW left in a flaming C, i thought marcus a shoo-in for a 3rd/4th line position. he proved his value at the worlds this past may, showing he still had some games left in him, and at bargain basement pricing, i'm not convinced getting rid of him is a smart move.
the sutter good-or-bad debate continues.
freeing up all or some of the aforementioned players cap space (2.5, 1.5, 1 million respectively), pending buyouts or league interest (*ahem*unlikely) is pretty huge in our current situation. what would have been equally huge, and a major point of agreement between my last night's drinking mate, is if sutter had NOT signed eriksson or mark smith last year, thereby giving any of the equally [some might say MORE] capable youngsters a season's worth of experience in low-minute play. instead, we've lost some of our top prospects to europe [taratukhin, puustinen], others turn RFA july 1 [van der gulik, stevenson, maki], while duds like kris chuko remain firmly on the farm with no promotion in sight.
it's actually kindof dire.
that's it for now.