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05-02-2010, 11:31 AM
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If the issue is one of waiting for some of the forward contracts to expire in the next couple years, then one of the options could be to sign Hamhuis to a long-term, back-end loaded deal. Say, $3M year 1, $4M year 2, $5M years 3 and 4. It allows Nashville to solidify the blue-line until some of the newbies mature, and provides a fall-back option if one of Weber or Suter isn't re-signed or is traded. And if Weber and Suter are kept, and Nashville needs to clear cap space, a $4.25M cap hit for Hamhuis is a fair value and I'm sure a lot of teams would trade for him and Nashville can get some assets down the road. In the immediate term, since actual budget and not cap space is the problem for the coming year, his actual pay is very manageable.

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