Thread: Speculation: DD's and JJ's new contract
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06-08-2010, 06:27 PM
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Ziggy Stardust
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The landscape has changed, mainly due to the way Kevin Lowe dispersed offer sheets like candy. Players are becoming UFAs at a younger age and GMs are trying to avoid having their young core players reach free agency.

Every manager has to get adjusted to the new CBA and accept that they have to commit to these long term deals if they wish to keep their core together, otherwise, you are going to see another Ilya Kovalchuk or Marian Gaborik like situation play out where Atlanta and Minnesota lost their franchise players. That is something the league would like to avoid.

Lombardi understood that when he signed Kopitar to his long-term extension, and he will do just the same with Doughty. Johnson is a bit more of a challenging case to project. In the long term, he most likely will be the #2 defenseman behind Doughty, and he has shown glimpses of what he is capable of, but he is still developing his game and we may not see his full potential until he is in his mid-to-late 20s. With that said, it may be in the Kings' best interests to avoid arbitration and/or a potential offer sheet next summer.

If I were to put a price tag on Jack Johnson's contributions to the team last season, I'd say he is worth upwards of $3M. If we are to project what he can potentially do (as witnessed with his performance in the playoffs), then he his potential earning will be in the $4.5-5M (in the same ballpark as Komisarek, Streit, Brewer, Regehr, Gilbert, Whitney, Pitkanen, Meszaros).

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