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06-08-2010, 01:37 PM
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Seth Lake
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Originally Posted by MarkMM View Post
If DP isn't willing to go above $2 million, then by all means offer him on the open market for a trade, teams will pay more than a 2nd to get him.

Burrows as a comparison went from $525,000 to $2 million a year for 4 years after a 28 goal, 51 point season. This was in 08-09 and was seen as one of the best value deal in the league. The guaranteed term of the deal was seen as the compensation for him taking a lower value deal than he could have gotten on the open market and allowing Vancouver to avoid offer-sheets. Also, just a few years prior to that deal he was an undrafted ball-hockey player, so he was probably just happy to be in the NHL!
Exactly, longer term deal here benefits the player so the player has to give back a little on salary over the course of the contract for the security he's being given with a guaranteed contract. Likewise, a shorter term deal is more beneficial to the organization and the team as a result has to be willing to pay a higher salary due to the lack of security afforded the player.

There is a middle ground to be found. It's just gonna take some time...

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