Yeah I mean I've seen the reservations of people about going 4 years on these deals. But none of them break the bank, and they are all multiple spot guys. Speed and PK, PK and faceoffs, shot blocking and hits. I can see the value in the deals, and these types of guys usually degrade slower than say a skilled top 6 winger.
They did a good job of filling in around the seams with caulk. Now it's a matter of them doing it, but I like the moves.
Next year is a big one. Holtby stays or goes. Probably prices himself out, but only if we have a goalie that could step up to be a no. 1. Backstrom is gonna want a ton of money, will he keep putting up the assists to make it worth it? What are you looking at for OVI when he comes up? He's going to start to lose a step soon, has to with that style of play.
I think they do. Samsonov was stellar after the first half last season in the AHL. Even in a worst case scenario, a Samsonov and Vanecek/Copley tandem would be cheap, and maybe even good. If Holtby returns, it's with an agreement that he's willing to be exposed to Seattle.