Thread: Confirmed Signing with Link: Bolland Re-signs 5 year Deal
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06-30-2009, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by AndreaBargnani View Post
Thats been said about every single team. Philly, Anaheim, Calgary, Pittsburgh, Boston. Not one team(other than currently boston) has decided not to sign their best young players and because they signed them they have continued to be competitive. This whole "they can't sign them all" stuff is ridiculous. They can and they will.
Yeah, it's a side effect of the cap. When teams get too loaded they will eventually bleed players, which is one of the reasons why we have such good parity in the NHL. It's happened before and will continue to happen. At best a team may find themselves in Chicago's situation and have a good 1-3 year window of opportunity to leverage it, but eventually the key to long term success is to effectively manage these losses. While above there are some examples of teams that have done this, there are also teams like Vancouver (though they've since retooled) and Ottawa that have not. And getting a payoff on a contract like they signed Bolland to is one of the keys to success.

As for Chicago's situation, yeah they're going to lose a few players but they'll still be fine. Except for Brian Campbell, enough can't be said for what the hell were they thinking. It's not just that they've overpaid him by a significant amount but also how far down the depth chart he is in terms of importance. If you throw contracts away and look at his importance to the team, he's behind Toews, Kane, Keith, Seabrook, Havlat, Khabibulin, potentially Barker if he continues to improve, and somewhere between Sharp and Bolland. That makes him the 7th-10th best player on their roster, making $7.14M for the next 7 years!

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