Over the last couple of days I have read and thought a lot about the Jarome Iginla trade. How cheaply Pitts got him. Usually, players like him cost arm-and-leg around the trade deadline, yet he moves a for a 1st round pick that will almost surely be around #30 and a couple of not-so-good prospects. And what drives me crazy is that the most articles say that it was not possible to get more given that Iggy wanted to go to Pittsburgh so CGY had to take whatever was offered. I call BS on that and on GMs in general who have their cushy jobs and make bone-headed deals. It is not just Calgary, there have been plenty of WTF deals lately. Just look at Dallas: Trade Mike Ribeiro for Cody Eakon? Trade for Erik Cole (look at his age and salary)? Give up Neal AND Niskanen for Goligolski? My point is that GMs are lucky that they are not hockey players, many of them would be run of town long ago.
Now back to the Iggy trade: What is Calgary supposed to do? Even if Pittsburgh is the only option there was still about a week left. DO NOT TAKE BAD TRADE! Tell Pittsburgh that you want more or you rather keep Iggy. Put on your poker face on. Iggy reportedly OKed Bruins and Kings as well, get them to up the ante and use it as a leverage. The bottom line is if you have time left do not take a bad deal! I am fed up with these guys being paid millions when 1st year business student would do better. That is why smart GMs such as Sherro run circles around those guys, can build great teams and still have cap space to spare to add players at the trade deadline.
Turning back home, JR has not done obvious mistakes, but contracts he is giving out raise some concern. For the next year, we have committed $47.2 mill in just 8 players. Our current active roster is over $57 mill. This team is becoming top heavy, top players getting what may be hard to get elsewhere. I have noticed that JR has been willing to play hard ball with low end players so that he can sign them at the minimum, but top players get what seems like an overpayment: EStaal will be #3 paid center in the league next year, while Cam Ward will be #4 as a goalie. I understand that you need to keep your core players, but for a team on a budget this means that the rest of the team will not be good. We are getting a glimpse of that now: When top line does not score, there is nobody to pick up the slack and the defense cannot hold the fort.