Redden looks like a goner, Avery maybe
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04-14-2010, 09:21 AM
Tired and bitter..
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Land of no calls..
Avery isn't "Avery" anymore. It's not entirely his fault, but the guy just isn't able to be the pest he used to be without getting into trouble with the refs.
Prust is a cheaper alternative. Will he put up similar point totals? I doubt it, but the ROI makes that easier to swallow. A sub $1MM salary for Prust, vs nearly $2MM for Avery. Still, we'll be stuck with Avery's cap hit regardless of what we do. Even if we trade him, Dallas is the one that's off the hook for their half.
Redden should be gone. The fact that he sometimes passes for a bottom pairing d-man is irrelevant. He's a boat anchor around this team's neck financially, and I think mentally in the locker room as well. My hope is that whoever is running the front office doesn't decide to go out and hand a similar contract to Volchenkov. There's just no reason to be paying a stay-at-home d-man more than $4MM per year. None at all.
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