Franson was signed late in the summer at no cost in assets to a relatively cheap contract to play as a 5.
He absolutely sucked his first year, has played to expectations this year. C
Kulikov-plus for Pysyk was a bit of a roll of the dice given his UFA status. He was a legit top 4. Best case scenario he played that way and you kept him, if not you deal him at the deadline for a second. The bench door created an unforeseeable nightmare. The thought was that we wouldn't be able to protect Pysyk in expansion anyway. Kulikov has been terrible, he got nothing at the deadline and he is unlikely to be re-signed. Right now we would be protecting Pysyk. I'm giving this trade a C- because Asplund looks like he was worth moving up for, but Kulikov himself has been an F. I don't blame Murray for that.
I somewhat agree on Bogo and Gorges, especially since Gorges and Gionta were kind of a set and Gionta has been what we hoped he'd be, I can't disagree more on Franson and Kulikov.
GMTM said he needed a fast, puck moving LD and instead signed a slow RD that none of the experienced GM's in the NHL wanted to give more then a 1yr deal to. Had he signed him to a one year deal, even a more expensive 1 yr deal, we could have parted company with him after last year's disaster and freed up cap space to go after the LD we still needed. Grade D because of poor play, poor cap management and for settling for a overpaid mediocre player not in the position you said you wanted and needed. It's not an F, because Franson at least played to a Jordie Benn level this year.
By giving Franson a two year deal, GMTM made the panic trade of Pysyk for Kulikov to get his "balance" on D. Getting Kulikov cost the Sabres over $3 mill more then Pysyk for ultimately inferior play. Had we kept Pysyk, he might be the 3rd protected D from expansion, or without Franson and Kulikov we might have had the money to acquire the real quality LD GMTM has been searching for for 2 years. Grade F. One can hope the Asplund become a NHL center (3rd center at best in Buffalo), but remember we gave up the 38th and 89th to move up to 33rd. According to the draft pick value charts I've seen, http://www.broadstre...alue-trading-up, this would have been a fair trade without Pysyk for Kulikov.
Therefore I read the deal as two separate trades
1) Pysyk for Kulikov - Grade F
2)The 38th and 89th for the 33rd - Grade unknown.
In fact the trades for Kulikov and signing of Franson are two of the reasons I question GMTM's ability to solve the problem he created.
Edited by yse325, 03 March 2017 - 11:12 AM.