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05-12-2008, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Moskau View Post
Oh jesus christ. Just made re-signing Jason Pominville next year that much more fun for Buffalo.

Erat is a great player though, would love him on my team.
I think this is just a reality of the cap world. Teams will try to lock good young players long term at a higher rate than in the past. It makes all sorts of sense to somewhat overpay the 25 year old player with a strong possibility that he will outplay his contract in the not so distant future. The alternative is to overpay a 32-33 year old UFA (Ryan Smyth, Nylander, Jovanovski et all) with a strong possibility that they will never live up to the expectations and a couple years down the road you will be stuck with an albatross of a contract and a marginal NHL player.

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