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08-30-2011, 03:06 PM
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The Flyers approach is the opposite of Predators.
They identify the players they want to build around and get them locked up, early and for an extended period. They extend JVR for 6 years @ 4.25. This guy is going to be a beast for the next 7 years of his contract and they likely got a great deal anticipating his impact over the next 7 years.
They did the same with Richards when they signed him to a long extension. And in an antithesis Predators move, they move their captain and homegrown talent, because they thought they could improve their team. Sure, it's yet to be seen how it works out, but they are actively trying to improve their their team from every angle possible, years before players hit UFA or even RFA status.
Wonder what our team would look like if we had took the same approach with guys like Weber, Radulov, Hamhuis, etc.
Martin Erat and David Legwand are the counters to your theory. Vokoun's pre-firesale just ended. Radulov was less than ten days into the timeframe when we could extend him when it was confirmed that he signed with Ufa ... and he was out of the country for those entire ten days. We're hearing rumors that Weber was offered seven years. There are plenty of confirmed and rumored attempts by the Preds to do exactly what Philly did with JVR, Carter and Richards.
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