Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish has been a busy man this off-season on and off the ice. Below is a quick look into what MacT has been able to accomplish so far this summer:
On the eve of the 2013 free agent frenzy: do you borrow from Peter to pay Paul? The 2013 NHL Free Agent period starts tomorrow and Oilers fans are all abuzz about the potential signings for the team. The one thing that is always absent from free agency is any sort of fiscal restraint (or planning) on the part of general managers. Emotional decisions are rampant as are poor decisions based on the small potential for short term gain rather than the long term big picture. A salary cap places artificial constraints not only on the total amount a team can spend, but also on how much a team can spend per position (if an organization hopes to be competitive). There have been numerous reports today that the Oilers have been “going hard” at David Clarkson. Currently, this is a poor idea which will lead to an even more uneven and unbalanced roster as far too much money will be committed to the wings leaving not enough resources to adequately man the rest of the roster.
Let me explain.