Koivu would like to re-sign with Habs
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11-07-2008, 02:53 PM
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Koivu is making $4.75M this year. I doubt Gainey is going to ask him to take a pay cut, especially if he continues to play the way he has early this season. I would be happy to see Koivu sign again for $4.75M a year or even slightly higher. Anything under 5M a year is good.
Koivu on the open market gets over $5M a year EASY! Hell, Ryder got 4$M a year after the year he had last year!
I wouldn't be surprised if he signs for less. There are a few intangibles here that could be worth a decent amount of money.
First his desire to retire a Hab and to win as a Hab. Less money can mean more of the team sticking around.
Second his apparent chemistry with Tanguay. For far too long he hasn't had a winger that he played this good with (Rechi days?) so that can factor in his desire to stay and what price he'll ask, for he knows if he asks too much BG might not be able to keep Tanguay next season.
So basically its not only a question of $$. The intangibles can make a huge difference here. Add to it that the Habs can add a few years on his contract at 1$ Mil a year to bring down his cap hit (as he'll probably retire in a few years and he is signing before hitting the age limit for doing this).
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