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07-02-2008, 11:47 PM
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kruezer
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Originally Posted by makaveli92 View Post
Hagman was probably one of the better signings of the day, so I agree I would have liked him at that price.

But the example of Hagman proves my point. In 2005-06 he put up 21 points in a full schedule, next year he scored 30 points, then last year he scored 41 (27 goals). Before last year his production was nothing to give $3M to. In fact, that production is similar to the 12 points in 48 games of Dustin Boyd. You need to hope production comes from within sometimes, rather than go out and sign it (while they are going to get maximum $). I'm not saying Boyd will go from a .25 PPG to a .5 PPG, but I think promotion from within (signed to cheap 1st or 2nd contracts) is the key to success around the league. Its a gamble to hope for this development, but a neccessary one I feel. It would easier if we had more confidence in our scouting and drafting, unfortunately.

A legitimate 2nd liner isn't going to fall in our laps via FA this year, I'm afraid.
I have to agree, while I wouldn't be upset with a signing, so long as it was not a handcuffing contract (I would have taken Tucker for 4.5 over two), I also don't think Calgary has to do it. Its not that the Flames have just amazing kids coming up, they don't, but at some point its worth seeing if they can do something so the team actually has some players outperforming their contracts, that is the one of the keys to a great team afterall.

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