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02-27-2011, 12:51 PM
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If you look at Vancouver, their shutdown specialist w/ occasional offense (Malholtra) makes makes 2.5m fresh off the UFA market. Their streaky secondary scorer (Raymond) makes 2.5.
But yes, we have nothing close to Sedin, Sedin, Kesler, etc.
Legwand and Erat are overpaid, I really don't think you'd find a team in the league willing to take on their contract.
While I agree with the assessment, I think you miss one important point; Malhotra and Raymond are not asked to play top6 minutes, whereas Leggy and Erat are. They aren't are shutdown specialist nor are they are streaky secondary scorer - they are our #2 center and one of our #1 wings. Should they be? As fans not one of use would say we're happy with them at their current productions. But....... on a Preds team with the money they have HISTORICALLY had to spend - they were important and they play important minutes.
Sully was a mistake - that one is on Poile. Dumont got viciously hit - I can't really blame Poile for that one. Arny, Leggy, Erat - those contract were just too long. But they weren't off $$$ by all that much when they were signed, and we needed them to sign to get through the LIARpold debacle. (and I still wonder how much the locker room, and Arny in particular, had to do with us losing Radulov)
Really, what kinda' player do you think we get for their money? Sure, might get lucky, but realistically, what do we get? We talk guys like Kessel - they sign $5mil+. If we sign them, then we have a couple of them and we end up with our 2nd line being castoffs and guys like Ward. There's only so much cash, and it's going to sign Weber this year, Suter next. Somewhere we have to get Pex for about 3 more years.
Somehow we have to make it work with those non-elites; look at our injuries this year - imagine if we'd had a few $5mil guys rather than extra $3-4mil guys; no depth at all, with our injuries, we'd be toast.
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