In your attempt to villainize Shero you are overplaying your cards. Hossa was a fine trade. He played very well for the team and after he left Shero used that space to bring in a some quality players that put us over the top to win the cup.
Brandon Sutter was a fine trade for Shero. Staal wasn't a huge loss and by making that trade he did exactly what you are complaining about him not doing. He got rid of an overpriced 3rd line center for a solid affordable center and in the process cleared up some cap space.
I agree that Letang's contract is too long and too much. In time it may seem like money well spent but it is hard to tell at this point. The salary cap should go up a fair amount next season. As of right now he is in a pay grade with players such as Brian Campbell, Drew Doughty, Ryan Suter, and Shea Weber and he has to perform as such. It will be interesting to see this coming year what the price point is on some of these D men coming up for contract negotiations.
This is the problem with people. They try to hate so much that they put on their blinders and become drones to their own dumbassery.
There was nothing wrong with the Hossa trade. We lost very little and got a great return. Sure, Hossa not signing stung a bit but thats the chance you take. He DID play well for us while he was here and thats all you can ask. Also .. we got Dat Cat, which turned out pretty well.
Had Staal accepted the $6mil contract, the same people who are whining about trading him for "nothing" would be the same people crying that the contract was too much for Stall. Shero could have lost Staal for nothing but he didnt. He got a decent 3rd line center at a good cap hit and solid prospect and a 1st round pick. What else could he have possibly done when his hands were tied? Staal basically said he didnt want to stay here. Shero could have gotten absolutely fleeced. Luckily, he was dealing with Rutherford who seems hell bent on running the Canes into the ground. Shero got a great return for a guy who isnt worth the money he is getting and kept open cap space on his own team.
The jury is still out on this one. While I do think the contract sucks and I believe it will come back to bite them in the donkey, as of right now, Letang is making $3.5mil and for that price, meh, he's fine. I have no problem with it.
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