Moulson has been offered around. Why? Garth wants to see value when judging on contract negotiations. The issue is on how Moulson wants to be paid.
Per a NHL source:
“If he and his agent want to be paid like a top 6 player from a team like the Pens, Detroit or Vancouver, he’ll be moved. If they have reasonable expectations, he will stay.”
Well, there lies the rub here. Is Moulson really an elite player? In my opinion…No. I’ll fancy a guess that Garth & the Isles agree here.
Let’s troll in a bit deeper here and ask this question…
Is Moulson more of the type of player who does better on weaker teams? Where would he fit in if he was on the Blackhawks? Is he a top line player? Would he have the same offensive output?
Why is Moulson hitting the rumor feeders? Likely because his cost is higher than Garth feels is proper value.
If you look at the Isles forwards situation in the next two years with their rebuild, does he or even a Rob Schremp fit in?
Food for thought, and likely why Garth is shopping. Moulson has far more value thanks to last season’s offensive output. But Isles may not be convinced he is the type of player to be paid top line $$$. Is he the kind of player that can score 30 goals on a top tier teams rather than a weaker line? This is the question that has to be asked when looking to re-sign.
Personally, I feel he is overrated (don’t get me wrong, I do think he is a good player) and my pre-season prediction that Comeau would have more points than Moulson this season is not only alive and well…but Comeau has 30 pts to Moulson’s 29.
Fact is…he has higher value perhaps than his ultimate worth and in the next two year rebuild plan. Isles would like to keep him, but it’s about value vs reality here. It depends on what the talk brings back.
My guess: he goes. Isles will spend money, but only on what they feel is an elite player with a proven track record. But they will not re-sign at an elite cost on a player who has some question marks and doubt if they asking price is higher than the norm.
Isles will not overpay here. No chance. So it comes down to what Moulson is asking for vs the value that teams are offering for his services as a rental.
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