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09-27-2003, 09:00 PM
Join Date: Aug 2003
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This is a prop. that some of you will initially shake your head and laugh at. But here me out (I'm sure some of you will still shake your head and/or laugh).
Rod Brind'Amour, third
FIRST BEFORE PEOPLE GET EXCITED... this is assuming that Carolina DOES lose lots as expected. But the big thing I'm sure is $. Well here is my reasoning why they could afford him:
1.Comrie will probably never play another game for the Oilers. He got paid 4.5 million bucks last year so that right there is a big chunk of change that the Oilers have to spend
2.Last years Deadline deals will save the Oilers JUST under a million dollars. Dvo and Izzy's salary are about a million cheaper then Niinima's and Carters last year.
3. Sure the Oilers paid a million and change to re-resign Cross, but they let Marchant go for nothing, so they didn't add any salary there.
4.The Canadian Dollar is MUCH stronger and that will make a huge difference in what the Oilers can afford to spend (I remember reading or hearing that the difference of the Dollar right now as to last year would have ment the Oilers would have make a couple hundred thousand instead of losing a couple million).
5.The Oilers will make lots of money off of the Heritage classic and ticket sales will increase from last year unless the team does a nose dive (but even at that there are so many season tickets sold that not one walk up buyer could come and the Oilers would still have good attendance).
So with the big thing obviously being Comrie's 4.5 that means the Oilers need $.5 million dollars American to not increase the payroll one sent from last year.
What do you guys think? Is there holes in my $ figuring? Is the trade close for Brind'Amour if the Canes DO lose as expected (what does a losing/rebuilding team need a UFA to be for??)
Also another thing that could be taken from this is that Lowe would be killing ANY leverage that Comrie currently holds.
From a hockey sense this would make sense for the Oilers. It would suck to see Horcoff go, but the Oilers are supper deep on the left side, and with Brind'Amour they would be really good up the middle. The Oilers are already the youngest team in the league and have Mikhnov, Rita on the left side that aren't to far away (if you consider him a LWer). If you want him to be a center - we have Winchester/Stoll who are getting damn close (Stoll perhaps even this year).
edit: Also, MacT likes Brind'Amour, so thats another positive.
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