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Marc Staal talks: "Not a wide gap, a chasm" (UPDATE - close to a deal?)
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06-28-2010, 10:59 AM
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YEa but when the contract is up he is Unrestricted and we would be bidding against everyone.. 2 years is ideal because he would be a RFA With Arbi rights and we could pay him the cash he wants anyway cause Drury and Rozy would be off the books and there would be no chance of him leaving...
2 years is not ideal. In 2 years, how much is he going to get as an arbitration eligible RFA?
The more years we can lock him up for now, the better, because it will save us cap space down the road. The next 2 years are when he will make the least amount of money. Those years will drive down his cap hit.
So, what it comes down to is this:
Do you want Staal at 3 mil per year for the next 2 years, and then 5 mil per year for the next 2 or 3 years after that?
Or do you want Staal at 4 mil per year for the next 4 or 5 years?
The 2nd option is ultimately the better one IMO. Look at that list that RB posted. There's a reason all those teams signed those players to 3 and 4 year deals.
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