Are people freaking out unnecessarily about re-signing our young guys under the cap?
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07-25-2008, 05:52 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Great post, very well thought out.
The only guy that really worries me is Zherdev. Even before he became a Ranger, there was already talk of him eyeing a return to Russia, and with Radulov's (supposedly his best friend here in North America) defection, I suspect that he'll at the very least be tempted to accept what is likely to be a much better contract offer from a KHL. Of course, if this is the case, and he wants to leave, there's nothing the Rangers can do, but I just don't want him to leave because of money, as a result of Sather low-balling him.
This kid has true superstar potential, we could have our very own Malkin in this kid, and I want to see the Rangers take a patient, gentle approach with him. And if by chance he does have a breakout year, he's going to want to get paid. We all saw what happened a few years back with him, he threatened to leave Columbus and actually signed a 1-year deal in Russia, but then Columbus offered him more money like he wanted, so he stayed.
Bottom line - if it becomes clear this kid truly is something special, Sather better find a way to keep him, whatever he needs to do.
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