Ev wrote:DefenceWinsChampionships wrote:Ev wrote:DefenceWinsChampionships wrote:Michallica wrote:Surprised that it got to this point even. This is the first time under Murray that any sens player has ever had a hearing. Usually deals have been reached a few hours before the actual hearing.
Murray knows Chiasson isn't deserving of a raise. It's too bad when you consider that Condra would have cost less than Chiasson.
Chiasson made 900K last year. Definitely deserves a raise.
Condra would cost less but he's older and you have less control over him.
Pageau had 19 points in 50 games which would have had him on pace for 31 over 82 games. Chiasson had 26 in 76 games which would have put him at 28 points in 82 games. Chiasson played PP and I believe a limited PK role and moved up and down the lineup (had opportunities on L1 and L2). He scored 9 less points and had almost double the amount of penalties from the year before, albeit he improved his +/- considerably. Pageau played on Ottawa's 3rd line with two offensive anchors, played against other teams' top lines, and played consistent PK minutes and little-to-no PP time.
On a team that counts its nickles and dimes, Chiasson should not be paid a cent over $1.25M and to me that's even being generous. Maybe it's a personal thing but I don't think you should pay more for less, which is exactly what the Sens will be forced to do. I'd keep Chiasson over Smith in a hearbeat but you can't have a bottom six of Pageau, Neil, Greening, Chiasson, Smith, Lazar if it means you're denying Prince and Puempel a roster spot, especially with Paul on the doorstep.
Greening was in Bingo/benched under Dave Cameron. He isn't going to be blocking Puempel if he deserves the spot out of camp.
Was that Cameron's decision or Murray's? I feel like McLean tried to play him because he was told to. Same with Phillips and Neil. Cameron got lucky in that Neil, Phillips, and Smith were all injured for the bulk of his time as HC. It'll be interesting to see how he handles the roster with everyone healthy. I know I would dress a completely different lineup which would see Neil, Greening, Phillips, Smith on the bench. From from the GM perspective that's $8-9M of payroll not playing so it's not going to happen. It's too bad that Prince/Puempel will be denied a full-time opportunity to play on account of those plugs.