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02-23-2009, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Bitterman View Post
How do you figure that? Sundin signed for a pro-rated $10 million deal that was always on the table. Nobody offered more than that and the Rangers couldn't clear any space at all for Sundin to even try and take less money.

Sundin is so eager to help the Canucks win, he accepted a deal for less than the $10 million Vancouver had originally offered, allowing the team to save enough money under the salary cap to add another impact player this season.

Neither side would confirm that Sundin’s salary is the $9 million range, but player agent J.P. Barry conceded his client voluntarily accepted less than the $10 million Canuck general manager Mike Gillis pitched per season when NHL free agency opened on July 1.

“We left some money on the table so Vancouver could pursue other players,” Barry said. “That’s been part of the discussion. The way they’ve managed the cap, they feel they can go out and acquire another top-end player.”
His contract actually pro-rates to $8.6 million. Still a ton of money, but he did leave some for the Canucks to use at the deadline. Instead of minimal to no space, the Canucks now have around $2.5 million, which prorates to a $6 or $7 million player.

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