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10-11-2008, 12:06 PM
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Chruceg
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I can remember Dean making comments during the offseason along the lines of, "O'Sullivan is just one contract out of twnety-five that we're dealing with." I remember thinking that it was absolutely ridiculous to make a statement like that when one of your premier restricted free agents isn't signed ... WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU BE WORKING ON!? ... Well I feel like a fool.

This is absolutely great news and I am legitimately excited to see what the terms are. Given the AEG budget this contract has to be back loaded yes? I would assume first year has to be more than Brown and O'Sullivan. Maybe starting at 4 million then increasing towards six over five or six years. The idea of having Kopitar locked up and not dealing with a Cammalleri or O'Sullivan issue next offseason is just about the best news I've had all week.

Brief hijack: If this puts Dean up against the AEG cap for the season does that seriously impare Johnson from being signed until next offseason?

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