Do you think Niedermeyer is worth $7 million?
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08-18-2004, 10:12 AM
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I suppose that this is sort of relative. After all, if Bobby Holik is worth 9 million then Niedermayer is worth $7. And, ultimately, youíre only worth what someone is willing to pay for you but even that statement comes with its own set of problems.
Given the state of the league (I understand it made $70 million worth of profit last year) I fail to see how a player who averages 40 points per season and is by no stretch of the imagination the best defenseman in the league worth $7 million dollars per year. And let me qualify that by saying I donít agree with the Holik contract, either. And I am also fully aware that the Devils had offered him $8 million per season (although I donít know the particulars of the contract).
I see Niedermayer play around 50-60 games per season and I have never been blown away by him. He is not as skilled as Leetch, Lidstrom or Gonchar. He is not as dominating as Pronger and Hatcher were before their injuriesÖ Basically, what he is is a very steady defenseman who shines offensively on a team devoid of other offensive defensmen. I donít think heís worth it.
Listen, I know it's hard to talk to fans of rival teams...but how can you say the Devils have been "devoid of offensive defenseman"??? PLease look at their roster from this year and years past..It's just not true.
Also, not as talented as Gonchar???? I think most GM's would disagree with your assessments of talent. Defenseman are players who play both offense and defense and Nieds does that as well as any player in the league right now. That's why he has the Norris.
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