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06-27-2010, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by azrok22 View Post
4 years is not really a long term contract. It's a contract that eats all of his RFA years and none of his UFA year.

If you're afraid of losing Staal 4 years is the LAST contract you want to give him.

2 year deal is ideal. Lower cap hit gives you more room to play with until Drury and Rozsival are gone and takes you 2 years before he becomes a UFA, which is ideal if you want to lock him up truly long term.
It's long enough to put many fans minds at ease. Not to mention all garbage contracts should be gone by then.

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