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08-31-2009, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Bluefan75 View Post

Crosby is the perfect poster boy for the argument. The most he could possibly make is $9.6 under the current deal, and the team has little room for enough other good players if they wish to be competitive. Your idea of choice is like chooing between a revolver or a glock to be the gun that shoots you. He had nowhere near the kind of choice you wish to have people believe he did. Without the cap he makes significantly higher money *and* Pittsburgh can get someone better than Bill Guerin to flank him. Crosby's choices and salary were both limited.

Stupid argument. Without the cap, Crosby would be making a ton more money, maybe, but the Penguins would not be able to afford to pay "someone better than Bill Guerin" while still keeping the rest of the team intact. In fact, they probably couldn't even afford to keep Crosby if the Rangers, for example, would be willing to pay him $20million/yr. And they might do that, given that they are the same idiots who paid Bobby Holik as much as they did a while ago.

The cap works fine. Crosby seems happy with his salary, and his team just won the Cup, in spite of the fact that his mediocre winger was Bill Guerin.

The system works, except in the minds of big-market teams who are used to paying whatever they want to acquire whomever they want.

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