HOOOOO BOY! OH, BABY! Everything is happening!
Big Daddy Nikita Zaitsev got INKED up to a seven-year deal yesterday. That’s wild. That’s a lot. You probably are still feeling many different ways about the deal. It’s a hard one to judge considering it’s a very unique deal.
Do you love it?
Do you hate it?
Seriously, there’s nothing you can do at this point that will change the fact that Zaitsev signed a long deal to be a Leaf for longer than head coach Mike Babcock’s contract runs. You can complain if you’d like to, praise it if you’d like to, or do nothing and just enjoy watching him play for a long time.
So what would you do with Nikita Zaitsev next season?
Play him on the top pairing? Shelter him offensively? Convert him to forward? Buy him out already? (I don’t think that’s legal). Play him in the bottom pairing? Give him two sticks? Play him 30 minutes a night? Only play him on the powerplay? Play him with Jake Gardiner? Play him with Morgan Rielly? Trade him for Taylor Hall?
Dumb or not, leave your comments below. The best one wins the prize of my admiration, and that’s the best prize of all.