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05-27-2009, 10:14 PM
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Peter
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Perfect deal for all involved. Even though he was an UFA Rypien had little to no leverage at all agains the Canucks...there weren't going to be a huge list of teams willing to pay much more than the Canucks ended up paying him. Plus the Canucks are already familiar with him and have "walked a long road" this season with Rypien - good deal for both. Rypien also had one heck of a playoff run IMO too.

The next player to sign will be O'Brien I would guess. He is a RFA with arbitration rights but there is no way in Hades this kid gets taken or asks to be taken to arbitration. Too much bad blood during the season that somehow seemed to go away towards the end of the year....I say a three year deal at $1.5 million for O'Brien. That's just a little less than a $500,000 a year raise and puts him at UFA at the ripe age of 27/28...just when d-men come into their prime.

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