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Wellwood Arbitration - Re-signed @ $1.2 million
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07-28-2009, 03:35 PM
Join Date: Aug 2004
I don't mind Wellwood back for $1.3m - $1.5m as a backup plan given Demitra's injury. But he's on a short f-ing leash.
IF Wellwood is a 40-50 point center who skates back hard on the back check, I like him at $1.5m. If Wellwood is a 27 point center who only shows up half the time and runs incredibly hot and cold, then I'd rather have a more "heart and soul" player in the lineup.
The moment Sundin decides to come back, or if Hodgson and Kesler have locked up 2nd/3rd line center positions, it's down to the minors and buh-bye to the NHL for him. But unlike last season, there's no cap room this season to keep around dead weight on the team.
It might be hard to say that for a player who oozes skill like he does. And don't get me wrong - there were times last season when I was definitely cheering for him (that black eye actually made him look like a hockey player).
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