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02-16-2011, 11:43 AM
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There are a number of factors that make this complicated.
- Detroit has no salary cap space, so they would need to send at least 2 roster players in order to accommodate Bogosian's hefty $3.375M salary. These 2 players are more than likely Hudler and Kindl for reasons of salary and expendability.
- Bogosian would be on the bottom pairing in Detroit and with his impending raise will command more than both of our 2nd pairing d-men (Stuart $3.75M, Kronwall 3.0M). The only teams you're going to find with a #5 or #6 d-man that makes $4M+ are poorly managed ones.
- Bogosian is still extremely raw defensively. He's prone to frequently making questionable decisions and taking bad penalties. This is exactly the opposite of the type of free agent acquisition that Ken Holland likes to add to shore up the 3rd pairing. Holland brought in Salei because he's cheap, steady and usually makes the smart, safe play. Bogosian would be expensive, green, and just as mistake prone as Ericsson/Kindl.
This deal would probably work fine for the rest of this season, but Holland would have no guarantee that Bogosian would be willing to temper his expectations when he becomes a RFA in the offseason. Bogosian could very easily price himself out of Detroit while remaining a very hot commodity to a team like Edmonton. This deal would have to be viewed as an investment in the future above all else, because the salary cap implications of his contract would hurt Detroit in the present.
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