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R.J. Umberger Signs 5-Year $23 Million Extension
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09-22-2011, 02:36 PM
Join Date: Jan 2006
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A reasonable position. Personally I'm willing to let it slide presuming that even if he's not performing at a level we'd prefer that he'll be a solid veteran presence on a team loaded with young talent.
I've been critical of the lack of criticism RJU receives, but even I didn't find it necessary to resort to name calling. Thankfully, we have some who can set us straight, right, you cranky old galoot?
I'm pretty sure I can count the number of non-positive posts re: RJU without taking off my shoes.
Everybody loves RJ, that's great, but it seems that everyone loves him because he plays hard and puts up points. However I can't see his style or level of play being sustainable past his early 30's. There's no elite level skill for him to fall back on once injuries and age take their toll, and they will.
I've yet to be convinced that a 5 year deal for a player already halfway through his prime is a good idea. Given the amount of support he has around here, I expected that someone would have been able to articulate what on-ice skills led to this contract. I'm not looking for stats or numbers, because anyone can copy and paste those from nhl.com, but rather an actual analysis of why in 3, 4 or 5 years RJ will be worth 4.5 million, because I just don't see it.
Your point about veteran leadership is a good one, and that is valuable, especially from someone who has been with the organization for a significant period of time. Much more valuable than the "veteran-leadership" type one-year deals and trades we've seen made the last few years. Honestly, I just don't see this team being in a position to make use of said veteran leadership in that time frame. I'd love to be wrong about that though.
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