Trade Proposal: Anton Babchuk
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09-09-2009, 12:16 PM
The Czech Condor
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: North Carolina
A few points from reading, and thank you for the kind words.
1. Babchuk's QO was not $1.1 million, but rather $1.0 million. Per the CBA, his QO was not required to increase as a player that made at or in excess of $1.0 million. The required increase for a player that makes under $660k is 110%, 660k to $999,999 is 105% increase, and $1 million and above is 100% to retain the player rights.
2. Babchuk has not even discussed contract numbers with Carolina, so any salary estimations you have heard are fan approximations. Carolina, by virtue of Babchuk giving up a year of his restricted status by defecting to Russia, lost his arbitration rights or at least delayed them for a season. As a sort of "in your face" move, Jim Rutherford said he wasn't going to give him a thin dime of an increase on that QO and if he wanted to play for it then he'd have him back. If not, he could "go play in Russia". Serious tension. Not all of Babchuk's creation.
3. Carolina only has leverage to the extent that they have teams competing for his services. As I pointed out earlier, the ceiling on that would be a 2nd round pick. However, if a team is more comfortable giving up a prospect that has value in excess of a 2nd round pick as opposed to giving up the pick, then that wouldn't be entirely unreasonable either. The Rangers have been mentioned as a potential landing spot and they have a glut of cusp NHL defenders and former first round picks on the blueline that would make more sense to deal than a 2nd rounder, which could turn into an impact forward they need.
4. My estimation, and based only upon what Babchuk has contended he has wanted all along, is that he would take a 2 year deal for $1.4 to $1.6 million to take him to unrestricted status. He wants the ability to pick his locale and would likely leave a bit of money on the table in the interim to get there.
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