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06-01-2008, 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by worstfaceoffmanever View Post
THAT is the reason Phaneuf is getting $6.5M a year contract and it's also the reason Weber should NOT be getting one. There's a difference in paying for potential and overpaying for potential.
$1.5m a year over a 7-8 year (assuming) contract is a really big difference. The difference alone in those salaries would be enough for you and your children to live comfortably even if you never worked another day in your life.

Originally Posted by worstfaceoffmanever View Post
I say we sign him to a reasonable deal ($3.5M a year-ish) up until the last year of RFA-eligibility and then sign him to a massive deal in that last RFA year, provided he matches his 06/07 production or at least gets close.
I don't think that gives you much of a discount. You will be much better off in the long run (factoring in the next contract) by locking him up longterm now, unless you are very uncomfortable with his development (ie you think it's very likely there won't be a next contract). It would probably be in the range of $10-12/3 years (~$3.5-4m per) to sign Suter to the type of contract you are talking about, and then if he ends up being the player most expect him to be (ie about where he was 2 years ago) it is going to cost $7-8m per to sign him at that point.

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