Thread: Proposal: Trade Proposal: Anton Babchuk
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09-09-2009, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by dru View Post
If Babchuk goes to the Rangers or Devils and signs a 2 year deal at $1.4 million a season and Howson does nothing to address our PP leading into camp, I would be so pissed. $1.4 million to potentially fix our PP and have a better shot at going back to the playoffs seems too good to be true.

How often are you going to be able to acquire a 25 year old, 6'5", right handed shooting defenseman, with 5 years of NHL experience, that scored 16 goals the season before for a mid-level prospect? Geeeez.
The thing that convinces me further that Babchuk has a price that is right in line with the $1.5 million mark would be the issue of his already tarnished reputation. He is already dangerously close to being labeled a malcontent and his camp has to know that. His salary demands are also crippled by the same ties that prevent Carolina from getting full value for him, which is obviously his complete lack of negotiating power. He has said he wants to play in the NHL next season, which means that whatever team traded for him would have almost universal power over his career from that point. If he balks at signing with any team that picked him up from Carolina, then he would probably be out of the league for good or at the very least have to take the $1 million QO or else not be paid for hockey this season. As a non arbitration eligible RFA, he has very few options if the KHL is not on the table which he has insisted that it is not. He made some pretty disparaging remarks about that league on the way out that could have possibly lead to him not getting an invite to the Russia evaluation camp behind the likes of Oleg Tverdovsky for example. However, that is neither here nor there other than to say that he has burned a few bridges in the homeland.

If any team made the concession to give him more than $1.5 million, they would have to be desperate to the point of no return. To give a player in excess of a 150% of his previous salary when he comes with all the baggage that Babchuk does would be.... questionable at best.

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