As a hockey community, collectively, we look at what Matt Beleskey is doing in this postseason and say, “Well, someone's going to overpay him this summer.”
And as is usually the case with pending unrestricted free agents who overperform during deep playoff runs, that belief is correct. Someone is going to look at what Beleskey is doing — and let's be honest, a 7-1-8 line in 14 games really isn't that great — and say, “Yes please, here's a bunch of money.” Almost every year, without fail.
These almost always turn into contracts that are looked upon with regret by fans and team alike; Chicago would certainly prefer to not be paying Bryan Bickell what it does, in much the same way that the early days of Joel Ward's now-expiring deal were, well, not great. Witness also, most of the 2011 Bruins who got new deals from Peter Chiarelli since then. As has long been discussed, the ability to perform at a higher level in the playoffs makes you a “warrior” and a “hero” as long as your team getsRead More »from The Matt Beleskey question (Trending Topics)