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06-09-2010, 12:38 PM
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If management had faith in him, I can see a three-year deal at roughly $2.5M being fair value. The concern is that if he goes into free agency, there might be a team that would offer up to $3M out of desperation (Leafs) which would be a steal with only a 2nd round pick as the compensation.

If I were Poile and it was clear that Hornqvist was going to go for top dollar even if it meant a shorter term, I would:

A.) See if he can be traded, but the problem is you'd likely not get a low cost, high-scoring forward in return.

B.) Sign him for a one-year $3M deal (worst case scenario) and say that you're getting paid this based on one year, if you want to get paid this again next year, keep it up. Team can take him to arbitration I think if he has a bad year and bring it down some (15%, so that would be $2.55M).

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