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02-25-2010, 04:02 PM
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Originally Posted by JohnnyReb View Post
True, its hard to find a completely accurate comparison. Though no doubt Mr. Walsh will try!

How about Pascal Leclair? Leclair, at the age of 25 (2007-08), resigned with the Columbus Bluejackets for three years, with a cap hit of $3.8 million. He too, was a restricted free agent at the time. To compare Halak and Leclair at the same point in their careers:

Games played:

Leclair: 113
Halak: 86 (and counting)

Career Save Percentage

Leclair: .910
Halak: .917

Save Percentage in RFA Contract Year

Leclair: .919
Halak: .923

Career Goals Against Average

Leclair: 2.99
Halak: 2.72

Goals Against Average in RFA Contract Year

Leclair: 2.25
Halak: 2.56

Shutouts in RFA Contract Year

Leclair: 9
Halak: 3

Now it’s really only in that last category that Leclair blows away Halak. For every other category Halak is right there with the $3.8 million Leclair…

Now I’m not saying that he will get $3.8 million… but he’s got a pretty good statistical argument given some comparables out there…
Market was inflated that year look at all the salarys that the players got that year. Also Leclaire was playing in a bad non-playoff Columbus team so his perfomance were more spectacular. Also they always are lacking stellars defensemans and his shutout numbers were very good and some people were overating him if I recall well.

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