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03-06-2010, 01:12 PM
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Why? Is playing with Gaborik not as valuable? Yes I know Ovechkin is maybe the best in the game right now, but Gaborik is an elite player, Backstrom would still put up the points here and get the money he wants
No, it isn't as valuable.

Ovechkin is an automatic 50 goals every year, and is a beast physically. Gaborik has a series of major injury problems. I'm sure the potential of centering the Rangers first line of Sean Avery and Ryan Callahan is just as attractive as playing with Ovechkin, who I'm pretty sure has missed one, maybe two, games to injury in the first 5 years of his career.

Backstrom is a great center, and obviously could put up big points with Gaborik. But why would you leave the chance to be the permanent center for the best offensive player of your generation, especially when you're going to get paid either way? Backstrom is more important to the Caps than Semin, and he will get paid.

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