So how is it a bizarre cop out that has nothing to do with anything? If you didn't get what I meant by it you could of just asked since I was mostly agreeing with your position. As I said I believe the Jets needed a player like Kulikov to shore up their LHD as they had gone too long with sub NHL level defense. And by dipping into the UFA market you pay a premium, like gift shopping at the airport. You need to bring something home so you pay retail+ because there are few options available. Other GM's have in the past paid a higher price for worse defenseman, even by doing that there is still short term value. Kulikov did not break the bank, only has 2 more years on his contract and has proven serviceable. He provided needed value to the team that could be afforded within the cap.