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07-15-2011, 03:01 PM
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The Caps signing Alzner to a long-term deal right now is a lose-lose.

Alzner wouldn't get as much total money as if he waited a couple years before signing the deal. He'd have less leverage and wouldn't have done as much at the NHL level. If he waits for his arb years or even UFA years, he can really cash in.

But a long-term deal now would certainly carry a higher cap hit than the one he just signed, given he would be surrenduring not only RFA and arb rights, but also UFA years. That would drive the value up. A bigger cap hit short term is not something the Capitals want given how close they're playing to the salary cap this season.

Long-term deal for Alzner makes no sense to anyone. Nice try, Atlas.

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