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07-01-2009, 10:47 AM
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canucksin07
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this builds a solid foundation. gillis obviously has faith in his scouting department to contribute to our high earning players so though we may not significantly improve this year or even perhaps take a small step back, the team fully expects guys like schroeder, rodin, grabner, hodgson or anyone else in our system to start providing major contributions in 2-4 years. when those guys start producing while in their entry level deals, all of a sudden we are in a great position to be a very good team. when those guys need to be resigned, our high earning players have their contracts expire so it's a cycle that allows the team to remain competitive.

a 8-12 year contract for the sedins may make a lot of sense in the immediate future, but it could very well hurt the team for a long time. a lot of assumptions are being made by teams over how these long term contracts will impact a team towards the end and there is no guarantee the players will retire once they stop being high end players and become more like secondary players. if the cap does go down, then it may become next to impossible to trade those contracts 4 years down the road let alone 8 years down the road.

i applaud gillis for standing firm on the length of the contract.

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