Thread: Speculation: Johnny Boychuk? Go hard after him.
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05-21-2010, 07:59 PM
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Originally Posted by ocarina View Post
So why did you bring up examples of guys who got their contracts when they weren't UFA's? Of course the guys you listed didn't get as much money, they didn't have the leverage to do so!

You say you're a Rangers fan and yet you say this despite what Sather has done in the past offseasons? I'm not saying to shun the UFA route completely, but you have to be smart and know when to back off before you overpay for someone. The aforementioned Jeff Finger is a great example of this, as is Wade Redden. And I don't know about you, but I'd rather give that 3 mil+ to a more proven guy like a Tallinder, Hamhuis, Mitchell, etc., rather then to a guy who has yet to play a full NHL season.

The only thing that I think you would have on your side is that there are a lot of good defensive d-men on the market, but Tallinder is IMO one of the top 5 options. Personally, I think he gets a 4 year 16 mil type deal. He has his moments when he is bad, but otherwise he is the type of d-men NHL teams love.

BTW, I think you are putting way too much stock into Boychuk. I kept up on him when he was in Colorado's system (gotta support a fellow Ukrainian), and the thing that always seemed to hold him back and prevent him from making it full-time was his decision making and hockey sense. I have to wonder how much a guy like Chara is helping him. A dominant d-men of his caliber can mask a lot of deficiencies. Ask Marc-Andre Bergeron how he did after Pronger was taken away from him.
Considering the individual was stating that an NHL PROVEN DEFENSIVE D-MEN is worth 3.5-4 mill; I thought i'd chip in and remind him there are DEFENSIVE D-MEN who make less then 3.5-4 mill UFA leverage or not. His statement was generic.

Once again, if you tried reading my posts you'd see I no way have supported Boychuk for 3.5 mill. In fact, I don't think he gets 3 mill nevermind 3.5 mill. I guess we'll see. Again you're stating the obvious. You need to look at your budget and cap situation. If there is 1 team that can't afford overpaying, it's the Rangers. We are #3 in the league in terms of having the least amount of cap space. However, my point stands. In Free Agency come Jul 1, It's an auction and most individuals are overpayed. Again, if an agent calls you it's very foolish to hang up the phone before listening to what he/she has to say; especially a team who has room for alot of improvement.

As far as Chara making Boychuk better. Yes, Chara is a very good d-men. Yes he's an impact player. Yes , he may have helped Boychuk elevate his game. However, I'm weary of those claiming him to be more then that. He has his share of lackluster passes from his own zone. He has his share of being burned by quicker players.

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