Habs and Komi negotiating (per Pedneault on CKAC)
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10-03-2008, 07:14 PM
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Location: Windsor, Ontario
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The market value for big name UFAs has inflated a lot. Yes, he could give a huge discount, that is a possible, but very unlikely. Remember when we thought we could keep Souray for about 4-4.5 M$ because he liked it here and all ? Well, tough luck, he signed for a whooping 6 M$ + (if I recall correctly) in Edmonton, when we thought he'd get about 5 M$ elsewhere.
Again, signing a guy before he gets on the market, you usually get a much better contract. Hence why people were convinced Kostitsyn would ask for $5M, and we got him for $3.250M. Also, Souray got huge money in Edmonton because Edmonton couldn't attract anyone in the NHL to their team (same problem we used to have and why Samsonov, Smolinski and Hamrlik got above market contracts). Had Edmonton not blown their load, theres a good chance Souray would have signed for less.
If we do sign Komisarek before Free Agency, he'll receive a lot less than if we sign him after July. To be honest, with Gainey's negotiating tactics, $4.5M isn't a stretch. However, anyone arguing that nobody would offer Komi $5.5M and up is ignoring the volatility of the market.
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