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10-05-2003, 10:22 AM
Burke's Evil Spirit
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Originally Posted by Lanny MacDonald
$1.2 million is PRETTY REASONABLE for a 24 year old who has a career high of 20 goals and 48 points? Man, I'm glad you're not the GM of my team. That's a pretty hefty salary for a player like that, especially when he has a whopping 76 points to his career. I can see why the Wild are holding firm. Dupuis has a ton to prove before getting that type of money IMO.
You make it sound as if he's a one-dimensional scorer who should be paid solely for the points he puts up, which is plain wrong. Any offense from Dupuis is basically gravy on top of top-notch defensive skills - he is Minnesota's go-to shutdown guy and their best forward next to Gaborik. Age aside, I don't see how Doug Risebrough can justify giving Sergei Zholtok $1.25 million and be quibbling over a small amount like this. Given the contracts the likes of Kristian Huselius have received this summer, it seems fair enough.

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