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03-18-2010, 01:18 AM
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So I can't use RFAs (eventhough you use RFAs in your comps), and I can't use 33 year old UFAS? You're really limiting the field here.
Langenbrunner may be 34, but he's not washed up. Plus, I'm pretty sure he was getting similar money when he was 30.
Even using the comps you pulled- Mike Fisher: "A Legwand clone"- I disagree. First off, Fisher has 21g, and 46 points this year, twice the goals of Legwand. Second, he's a battler, and the opposite of the perimeter player Legwand is. Still, he's slightly overpaid according to Ottawa fans.
Morrow? Sturm? Vermette? I'll give you more. Rene Borque just signed a 3.3m dollar extension that will take him into UFA. His production would be tops on our team. Patrick Sharp- 3.9m. Franzen-3.9. Samulesson-2.5m. Ribeiro- 5m.
I expect Pavleski to get around 4m next year. Kesler maybe around 5m. They have the defensive game of Legwand, and are way better in the offensive zone, and play much more aggressively. Those are the types of "two-way players" you give 5m dollars.
I don't think we couldn't trade Legwand unless we took on an overpaid contract in return.
I still like the idea of Briere for Lewgand. Same contract amount, but Philly saves 2m in cap space. Goc can be our "defensive center" for .7m.
Those are some good points; Samuelsson just hit 30 goals and he is solid defensively, and Kesler's negotiating position pre-Olympics (before they decided to hold off on further talks till the end of the season) was that the team was offering him $4M and he was asking for around $5M, but was likely to settle for something in between. Though to be fair, he's publicly stated that he thinks players need to accept a below-market wage for a home-team discount if they want to win here. (Haha, and his buddy Burrows then promptly signed for $2M and is hitting 30 goals as well for that, we'll see how much Kesler takes his own advice!)
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