Thread: Gaborik
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09-29-2003, 06:47 AM
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Well, the Wild and Gaborik aren't even negotiating right now. It seems to me that a signing is more likely if they actually talk to each other.

As for Dupuis, I was STUNNED to see the Wild's latest contract offer. It was in either the Pioneer Press or the Star Trib., but the Wild called up Walsh and offered Dupuis the identical contract that they offered him 2-3 weeks ago. 4 years/$3.12 million or a 1 year, $385,000 deal. The later offer is really quite insulting. I've been an ardent supporter of Risebrough and Lynn, but $385,000 is horrid *considering Dupuis' talent*. They're giving him a choice. Sign long-term with the full expectation of being underpaid by Year 4, or sign short-term with the full expectation of getting underpaid by Year 1. The Wild know he won't take the 1-year deal and they're trying to rein him beyond the CBA for a bargain. I expected a little more from the Wild than that 1-year offer.

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