Finally some signings and good ones at that. I agree Darcy should be getting paid more, but not much more. If he was the one true enforcer on the team, I would say he's well underpaid, but that's what makes the Preds a little different. There are quite a few players on this team that aren't afraid to rile stuff up on the ice and back it up by dropping 'em. That being said, the Preds are going cheap with the signings they have made (and the ones they haven't) to stop the financial bleeding that has been going on there. As far as crappin all over the fan base, they understand what's going on and the situation the club is in (possible sale...possible move). From hearing all the doom and gloom, one would think they won't draw 5,000 a game next year. They had a rally for the team in Nashville not too long ago to show support for keeping them there and it drew 20,000 people. Nashville fans realize their backs are agianst the wall and won't go down without a fight. The corporate side of the area is seeing this and support on that end is definately growing (Sommet stepping up with naming rights for the arena being just one example). Don't be surprised if Nashville gets past that 14,000 season ticket mark and can actually take a benefit in full revenue sharing. Once returning into the black, I can see this team once again spending more for high end players. As for the short term, don't count this team out. They have a fine goalie between the pipes, a young and talented blueline, (something alot of teams can't boast about) some very talented people up front coming into their own, and a proven coaching staff. Will they win the cup? Doubtful. It would be a fairy tale if they did, but this team won't finish last either. Tough times mean tough decisions and the current ownership and fanbase are doing what they have to do to dig themselves out of this hole.
What happens on the ice...Stays on the ice...