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07-21-2009, 08:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Little Bunny Foo Foo View Post
Your thinking is short sighted.

Zubrus is over 30 and is going to get worse with each progressing year. He is also making 3.4 million a year until the end of the 12/13 season.

For a team that is rebuilding and looking to put together a winning core this is a horrible news because not only will it cost assets to acquire Zubrus but it will also tie up 3.4 million for 4 more seasons, which would make our 3rd line very expensive considering the cap is expected to come down. We can't spend 7.4 million on two third liners and expect to be able to re-sign everyone

As far as the players that Zubrus could "block" You mentioned "Moller, Lewis, and possibly Azevedo" Moller would be blocked immediately by Zubrus, Azevedo and Lewis are possibilities as well. Zubrus would also be blocking forwards in the 10-11, 11-12, and 12-13 seasons. Prospects like, Schenn, Loktionov, Roe, Cliche, etc . These players might not be better than Zubrus now but in 2 or 3 years they very well could be and Zubrus will still be make his 3.4 mil a year to play on the 3rd line.

There are only so many forward spots available on the team and trading assets for a 31 year old 3rd liner makes little sense when you finished 2nd to last in your conference last year.
I'd like to agree on behalf of anyone with a brain.

This is also why I think the Sturm ship has sailed. The only circumstance I would accept anyone that isn't currently a King who makes more than ~1.5mill per is on a 1 year deal. ANY $2-3mill contract that goes beyond this season will hamstring us now that we have added almost something like 6-8million to our cap hit this summer. Any contract more than ~1.5 that goes further than that (like Zubrus', the negative effect will only be compounded.

If Dean wants to sign or trade for a guy making well over 2 mill, it better be a guy on a year deal. Can't be allocating upwards of 8 million to our 3rd line for the 2010-2011 season if we want money for Fro and Quick, and potential a 1mill+ raise for Lewis and Drewiske if they perform well. Not much money is coming off the books next year, but in order to keep the team together we will definately be needing to add some salary, all in a year where the cap may drop.

Unless said 3rd line LW is good enough to take over for Fro next year, it's a dumb idea.

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