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05-11-2009, 04:47 PM
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Location: Bethesda, MD
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1) gilbert is signed to a reasonable contract for 5 more years. In 3 years, he will be paid much less than Parise. Even Zajac might be making more money than him next year as Zajac is a rfa.
2) i have no idea what constitutes a top pairing dman but a 2nd year guy who is 6th in ES scoring would probably qualify. Puck moving offensive dmen are actually very highly valued and Gilbert is on track to being one of the best.
Several local beat writers believe that one of him, SOuray, or Visnovsky will be traded this summer. If that happens, Gilbert could easily be in the top 10 for dmen scoring. He wa 16th this year despite very little pp time and being in only his 2nd nhl season. He was on the all rookie team in his rookie year so the kid has some legitimacy.
Gilbert has about the same value as a guy like Ron Hainsey or John-Michael Liles. Good offensive games with average defensive games. Solid puck movers and good power play guys.
None of these guys is worth a Parise. Not even close. I think Zajac is closer in value, but the teams giving up the d-man would probably have to add a 2nd round pick or decent prospect in addition to the d-man.
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