I disagree. He’s too slow for the league right now. Accardi is what he is, a 13th forward/AHL tweener. I’d rather see if guys like JFK or Cehlarik can get better with NHL minutes than watch Backes get older and slower out there.I'll have to dig deeper into the numbers, but I still think Backes is a more effective NHL player than Acciari/JFK and probably Cehlarik.
He's also old and I'm fine with him getting some nights off, but I don't think he's completely cooked or anything. I think he'd be pretty useful adding some skill to the 4th line and getting some PP time.
The good thing about that deal is that even though the AAV is $6 million, the actual cash is only $4 million x 2. Maybe a team looking to get to the floor with a lot of young players would want some leadership in the offseason?Acciari/JFK/Cehlarik is a pretty low bar to clear. Agreed that he’s probably useful in a 4th line and special teams role, but having $6 million AAV on the 4th impacts their ability to upgrade other areas of need on the roster.
It may be impossible, but they should be exploring a way out of that deal.