I really don't understand why so many are so eager to paint JR in a bad light. In all instances, JR always seem to be above board in dealing with the player. Look at Cole and LaRose talk:How many GM would allow the player to test the water while keeping the offer on the table. He more or less is telling the player go and find the best deal and JR is convince it will not be much better than his offer with a little hometown discount built in. Babchuk more or less has the same offer. The QO is just the number to maintain our RFA rights. It is reasonable to assume he did not get any significant offer. So JR is probably right about his value. FWIW, Boullion just signed for 750k with Nashville according to RDS. He is projected to be #4-7 defenseman. With this free agent market, 1 million is not so bad. There are much worse scenario than to come back and play 1 year with the the promise of top 4 TOI and regain arbitration right for RFA next year.
Jussi's cap # were 1.812 last year and he sign for 1.75 this year. How come there is no talk of.....Oooh, JR must be mad at Jussi...or JR is lowballing Jussi even though he has a break out half year. And he didn't get a raise. How terrible JR is to treat Jussi that way. Let face it, JR is very honest in assessing a player is worth. His record on this is impeccable. I see no indication he is wrong on the Babchuk situation.