I see no reason to assume a player will play poorly just because they take the money they're offered. Possible of course, but we shouldn't pretend it's all but automatic. Oh, and Gonchar turned down an extra $4MM from the KHL, so it's not all about money.
I'm not saying he'll play poorly because he took the money he was offered, I'm debating whether he'll be worth the money he was offered, rather. Perhaps I chose a poor way of wording it.
I'm debating whether or not the Sabres should be shelling out big bucks for free agents - For this to be the case, these players need to be players who will turn things around, IMO.
I don't think a 39-year old Sergei Gonchar is that player, hence I don't think the Sabres should shell out that kind of money for players of his caliber.
For him to justify that deal, I think he needs to break the 50-point mark both seasons.
I don't think he would reach 30 points on this Sabres team, and while I know next to nothing about the Stars, I have a hard time seeing him keeping up his current production there.