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07-01-2011, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Koseegin View Post
A mild overpayment?

It's a huge overpayment for a guy who hasn't proven he can do what he did for more than one season.

He's getting paid 250k less than Markov. Got the same salary has Hamrlik(which many of you admitted to be an overpayment and Hamrlik is a much superior defensemen to Wisniewski) and is getting paid more than Plekanec(yes I know not comparable since one is a D and the other is a forward).

Wisniewski got top 2 d-man money. Wisniewski is not a top 2 d-man. He is a puck-moving powerplay specialist with average defensive play.

Wisniewski type deals would hurt teams like the Canadiens in the long-run rather than help them.

People get turned on by points, which blinds them. Like I said, he got the same cap hit as Hamrlik, a contract which every complained was an overpayment. Wisniewski's all around game doesn't come anything close to Hamrlik's. Hamrlik can actually fill in temporarily as a #1 minute eating D and give your team a chance. If Wisniewski is your#1 even temporarily, you're in trouble.
Three to five years ago, yes this would be huge overpayment however in today's bloated cap world, it is merely mild.

Markov is worth considerably more on the open market and signed for less primarily due to injury. If he has played two full seasons, averaging within the 55-65 point radius. We would be paying him well in excess of six million. Based on his season with us, Wisniewski was the better of the two between him and Hamrlik. You are significantly undervaluing him by claiming Hammer is "much better" especially when you factor in how many blunders Hamrlik makes on given average. Defensively, yes he one ups Wisniewski to a certain extent but offensive, Wis takes the cake.

If he continues his success with us in Columbus. We basically watched a 50 point defenseman walk for a fifth round pick. Frankly, I am not convinced we could not have retained him for five million. Gauthier does not like long term deals or spending and it shows.

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