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07-21-2008, 10:59 PM
Marc the Habs Fan
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This Wideman contract is a risk for Boston in my eyes. He's really only had one ''solid'' NHL season and now they are paying him UFA money when he still had 2 more RFA years to go.

As an example, Liles got 4.2 M per year for 4 years from Colorado just before July 1 to avoid UFA. Liles is not as complete as Wideman, but has a longer track record of NHL success.

In their situation, I probably would have given him a one year deal at around 3M to make him prove he is the player he was in 2007-08 and then try to re-sign him to the big long-term bucks next summer.

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