Official Trade Rumors and Proposals thread: Part VI
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09-07-2010, 02:45 AM
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So he has roughly a 0.84 ppg average over his career but more importantly to me since the lockout he has been over a ppg when it matters most. His lack of output last year had a lot more to do with the lack of offensive support that he had than talent or injury, plus I think he is more suited to the style of play in the east. I did concede he had injury problems, would I be willing to take the risk? Not sure. I'm not really debating the the injury factor, more that Havlats contract is pretty reasonable for a UFA yet you say we can't commit to that. If you want to sign a top tier UFA at the end of the season the fact is you're going to have to commit to that player more if they are better, maybe even they are the same talent level. Like Fuhr said, every year people get excited about the upcoming UFA crop but half of them don't get there. I will be very surprised if you see anyone of Havlat's age and skill level Sign signing for a vastly cheaper contract unless it has a significant longer term and vice versa.
I'm not saying Havlat isn't a good player. I think he's a really good player.
When you look at a contact, you look at dollars, and term. I like the dollars, and hate the term. I believe it's been noted here before that Murray went after Havlat before he signed in Minny. Why did he end up going to Minny? The term of the contact. Murray wanted to sign him for 2 years, and he wanted longer. Is he more enticing to Murray a year later? I don't think so.
Do I think we can get a good UFA at $5 million that can be a solid top-6 forward? Hell Yeah.
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