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03-02-2010, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Carey Price View Post
What is the common denominator on all those players? Apart from Stret they ended up not living up to their contracts elwhere.

Why are you so paranoid about losing players to UFA when for most of those guys somebody was brought in that's as productive or more.
well, maybe it has something to do with the team maintaining a mediocre level of play with those "replacements".

the goal is to BUILD a winner, not develop players and then replace them with more costly and marginally more productive UFA's that other teams have no interest whatsoever in paying what you NEED to pay them, since you need to replace the talent you've lost for nothing... just to stay at the same level.

and by the way:

- Koivu and Tanguay certainly have lived up to their contracts.

- Much better odds that Kovalev will do a better job living up to his 2 year deal than Gionta will living up to the 5 years we gave him.

- komisarek is in the first year of the new deal, and has struggled with injuries all year, a bit early to completely write him off despite how much it might help ease the frustration at losing him

that leaves only Souray and Ryder... and Souray's issue has continued to be injuries, in his healthy seasons with Edmonton he was playing quite well.

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