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10-09-2003, 09:22 AM
Join Date: Jun 2002
I hate to say it, but the most reasonable offer so far in this thread has been Carter and Jessiman. Maybe the Rangers add a pick or a prospect.
If the Canucks move Bertuzzi, it will be because he is demanding a far higher salary than Burke is willing to pay (let's say $7 mil/yr). Due to the current NHL economic climate - which is sure to become even more of a buyers market as next September approaches - a single player at $7mil/yr will not bring back nearly the return many of you are predicting. That is, unless the Canucks are willing to take plenty of salary back in return. In any case, most of the value they get back would probably be in players already making millions themselves, not blue chippers like Spezza or Lehtonen.
Ironically, Bertuzzi would be more valuable to the Canucks if he has a bad year and a bad playoffs. His bargaining power would be diminished and he wouldn't be able to demand as high a salary, which would make him more retainable for the Canucks as well as more attractive to other teams.
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