30 jun 2018
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>LoganOllivier</b></div><div>Speaking of blinders, you can't see beyond your own opinion. I am not a "everything is great in Leaf land" fan who never sees anything but great things. What I am is a forward thinking hockey fan who sees where the league is going and believes Dubas is doing a great job since he took over.
What has he done bad? In your opinion giving stars star money is a problem. On that topic, I'll never agree with you. People that think Matthews making 11+ million is a problem, are just not paying attention to where the NHL is going. In the cap world, your star players are everything, and the other guys just need to be successful in the roles they are given. The most important thing is you can never overpay those role players. Its cap death to do that. Dubas hasn't done that. Not once.
He gave a big contract to Tavares (star player), Matthews (arguably a generational talent). Gave a contract that in hindsight could be a deadly deal to Nylander. After that he gave fair deals to Johnsson and Kapanen and killed it with the Kadri trade.
Chiarelli made so many bad mistakes, but his contracts to McDavid and Draisaitl certainly weren't mistakes. Those two are one of the only Oilers who pull their own weight.</div></div>
Eh, the Draisaitl deal only looks good now because it was so bad it changed the market forever. It was what started this whole transition due to being so much of an overpay and has directly ****ed multiple teams over (I'm specifically looking at the Jets here, although the Leafs, Flames et al are apart of that).
Maybe the transition would have happened anyway, but Nylander definitely wouldn't have held out and Eichel and Matthews likely get slightly smaller contracts (Maybe 9.5 and high 10-11 respectively).