Thread: Speculation: 2-3 years from now
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12-29-2009, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Trxjw View Post
It seems everyone wants to clear cap space to take a swim in the FA pool. People seem to forget just how unsuccessful that has been for us with Sather at the helm. Do we really want to dump Redden in the minors just so he can go out and offer Olli Jokinen $7MM per for the next 5 years?
Honestly, you run the risk of getting to the UFA pool and finding an aging Jokinen is the best catch in there. Just like it was true of Drury, Gomez and Redden, you have the choice to ice a mediocre but overpaid team, or a team with gaping holes in the name of cap space.

I'd also be concerned that a UFA is going to find NYR a less desirable place knowing a UFA contract was buried in the AHL to make the offer. You can be sure the NHLPA won't be amused that a member with a precedent setting contract was embarrassed regardless of the situation and that they'll be in the ear of UFA's looking to sign in NY.

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