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03-02-2010, 08:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Miller Time View Post
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.
You can't call this season mediocre. To be in a playoff spot with all the key players we have lost for extended periods is nothing short of great.

Koivu and Tanguay may have lived up to the contracts they eventulally got...but not the ones they were looking for to sign before July 1st. Tanguay would have cost 4-4.5 mil before July 1st, Koivu probably more than he got also. Our top 2 centers are head and shoulders above what Koivu has been.

Gionta is a better 5 on 5 player and much more consistant contributor than Kovalev.

Komisarek was never worth the money he signed for, not even close. As much as people crap on Spacek he's playing better than Komisarek did in 2009.

Souray is massively overpaid for a guy that's primary weapon is his PP shot. He brings an element of toughness and leadership but age and wear and tear have reduced the toughness.

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