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03-17-2010, 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by dulzhok View Post
I actually think the 2008 offseason was the worst in Poile's history. He did sign some ridiculous contracts-- Legwand, Dumont, and Erat. And those contracts are handicapping us right now from adding additional salary. We've got 20 million/yr tied up in 2nd/3rd/4th tier offensive players.

Additionally, the whole Radulov situation. I won't lay blame on Poile, but I will speculate that a more assertive/proactive GM could've step in and prevented the problem. When you lose your best offensive player for nothing, it's going to hurt.
Dumont (41 points) cap hit: 4 mil
Erat (44 points) cap hit: 4.5 mil
Thomas Vanek (44 points): 7.1 mil
Ryan Malone (44 pts): 4.5 mil
Olli Jokinen (44 pts): 5.25 mil
Ryan Smyth (42 pts): 6.25 mil

Legwand with only 36 points is having admittedly more of a down year, but lets face it look at his line mates. Not much to work with. Also, he does SO much more than just contribute on the offensive side of the ice.

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