Thread: Confirmed with Link: JVR Signs Contract Extension
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08-30-2011, 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Jester View Post
He also wasn't signed for 6 years. Which matters. He was, however, a notably better player than JVR when he signed that deal, with FAR more leverage to extract a higher contract from the Flyers.

The primary complaint about Holmgren is that he NEVER uses leverage to keep cap hits down, which is why we constantly end up at the top of the cap ceiling with no wiggle room.

This is yet another example of that.
If he signed for 6 years it would have been for more than $5 million.

I don't see this as an example of Holmgren failing to use leverage. You're not going to get a young, highly touted player to sign a long deal without paying him a decent amount. This is Holmgren taking a risk that he feels is worth taking to sign a player to a contract he feels the player will outperform.

Its a higher risk than Carter's deal, but its also a higher reward.

If JvR was signed to a 3 year, $3.75m deal and then put up 60 points this year and scored 40 goals the next 2 years he'd be making much more than $4.25m when the time came to give him a new deal.

Even at 4.25, he doesn't need to improve much to be worth that much money. Look at the players around the league that make that much now. How many of them have JvR's skillset?

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