There's a decent chance that Carolina's team cap hit this season will be higher than Montreal's. That's a complete non-issue ... same as 90% of the garbage Habs Twitter has been projecting into the void the last couple of days.I've seen a lot of Habs fans posting about the Canes not being a max cap team during all of this. Well we are getting there.
This. Hopefully all of this agita will settle into the bottom of the glass eventually. Because we've moved past hockey into some weird weird stuff at this point. NOT speaking of this board so much as hockey internet in general.Doesn’t matter anymore. Business is business.
+1 - great summary. Aho may have dinged his potential to be a future captain on this team, but he's making a boatload of money for a player still at the start of his career. Time heals all...but people have long memories.Look. Nobody in this increasingly sad little footnote in the NHL's weird history of RFA offer sheets comes out looking like a genius.
Carolina put the negotiating screws to their franchise player. Yeah, that's their right and the CBA only gives them so many windows where they have real leverage. But there's having leverage and then there's knowing how and when to use it. That's something this front office needs to learn over the next two years before we're in this same boat with Svech. Be smarter, and be more diplomatic.
Aho's agent clearly and without doubt under-estimated both the will of Tom Dundon and the depth of his available funds. Honestly, that's kind of kindergarten level stuff for an agent and no matter how his friends in the Montreal press want to spin it to make both him and their club look good, he's coming out this looking like a toolbag.
Aho jumped on this wagon right before it careened down the hill, so no matter what he says from here out he will always be the guy who jumped on a futile offer sheet of his own free will. That won't matter to everyone. It WILL matter to some, and that's a shame for a young man who had built up almost unlimited credibility in a market.
I don't think the question of whether Aho wants to be here or would rather be somewhere else is window dressing. It could become a locker room issue. However, I don't think it will because (1) it may not be true, and if you choose to believe Dundon/Waddell, it's entirely not true; (2) it's not uncommon for players (especially RFAs) to be playing in places that are not their #1 choice, or even their #10 choice, but they do it and do it well because pro athletes know that that is just the way it is (except in the NBA); and (3) Aho is well-liked in the room.Everything else is kind of window dressing.
I think it is. He doesn't NOT want to be here, which is the only way it would actually matter. That's the part everybody seems to be missing in this. He agreed to sign a piece of paper that would guarantee he either played here or in Montreal. That is not rejecting either option. It is in fact accepting both options.I don't think the question of whether Aho wants to be here or would rather be somewhere else is window dressing. It could become a locker room issue. However, I don't think it will because (1) it may not be true, and if you choose to believe Dundon/Waddell, it's entirely not true; (2) it's not uncommon for players (especially RFAs) to be playing in places that are not their #1 choice, or even their #10 choice, but they do it and do it well because pro athletes know that that is just the way it is (except in the NBA); and (3) Aho is well-liked in the room.
You know that's not gonna happen, right? He's going to mumble something about being happy to be back in Raleigh with a new contract that he's comfortable with and he's looking forward to getting back to work with the boys when camp opens ... and that's going to be it. Almost anything other than that would flat out shock me.Aho needs to come out, like yesterday, and call his agent a liar, and say he exaggerated.
Trust me, the way this CBA is written to benefit teams early in players' careers has lead directly to the league getting younger. It also sort of accidentally lead to the league getting more interesting to watch, but that ain't way you see a ton of younger players in the league. They're in the league because they're cheap labor with less negotiating rights and less freedom of movement. Just like teams are stupid to ignore negotiating leverage when they have it, so are players. There are right and wrong ways to do that, obviously ... but use it or lose itMy $.25.
He is doing the right thing, getting max value for his short time as a player.
Players time in the nhl will be getting shorter and shorter. This is because kids are getting stronger and better and will be displacing veterans at a faster rate.