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09-14-2010, 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Levitate View Post
My point was mainly that the Rangers seem to be taking a different direction than what they did with Girardi and skip that intermediate contract between the entry level and arbitration eligible. To do so, they're going to have to pay more than they normally would in a situation where a player doesn't have much leverage in negotiations.

Basically when you're talking about a long term contract, whether or not someone is arbitration eligible becomes irrelevant.

edit: I honestly think Staal is overall as good as Volchenkov now and could be better
I agree. If he's not better then he's not far off. He's also younger and at least has an offensive aspect to his game that is developing. Volchenkov is strictly a defensive d-man

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