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02-26-2010, 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by glenngineer View Post
Sully and Arnott both come off the books when Weber needs to be re-signed. Radulov would also be coming back here as his contract expires with the KHL. I don't think Poile lets either one walk. I think he'll fill the depth of the d corps with what he has in the system and ride the Weber/Suter wave as long as he can. I also think Weber won't try to break the bank of the team. He could make more money on the open market but some guys aren't wired like that. If he's comfortable and likes it here, what good is a big money contract in a city or team he hates playing for? He didn't sign the current deal he did thinking he was going to bolt after it.
It also depends on what you project Weber and Suter to get.

Suter's money demands will likely never stack up to Weber's-- Weber has a more easily quantifiable skillset. That said, I think teams have started to "wise up" in their contracts. The trend lately has moved away from the deals that guys like Pronger, Niedermayer and Chara, and more toward a lower cap hit over longer term-- see Keith, Seabrook, etc.

As Arnott, Sullivan, Dumont come off the books, 6 million per year for Weber and 5 for Suter becomes a little more palatable.


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