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05-24-2008, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by MisterBouw View Post
If we don't go a cent above 5 mil, he will not re-sign, so yes we will be going above 5 mil for sure. He's going to want Phaneuf money, you can bank on that. It might be a slight overpayment right now, but look at what Boyle got and what Campbell is rumored to be seeking per year, around 6.5 mil. I'd take Bouw over those two in less than a milisecond. It's well worth it, it'll pay off big time down the road.
We will pay Bouw even 7 mill, because we have to. There's no way around it. Except rebuilding again. With no number 1 pick this year. It is a certain risk, with some of the defiances Bouw has (pointed out by PanthersRule96 above), but since Bouw is reliable and not flashy, the risk is not that big. We will be paying too much though and in the cap-world paying too much for any kind of player is a risk, because the same money could (albeit fictionally) be used more productively elsewhere. You have to find and lure in undervalued players to win.

And (judging by today's performance)
Bouw will not make Canada roster in 2010
Joke will make it as a second or third line center behind M. Koivu just because there's no one else
Pelts will make it as captain of Finland
Horton has no chance, and I don't think politics has anything to do with it, you cannot be disinterested or lazy
Olesz maybe
Vokoun yes
Frolik and Matthias - much too early to tell - no as of today
Mezei seems to make it no matter how bad he is
Booth - don't know, depends on the alternatives, maybe fourth line

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