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09-22-2011, 03:57 PM
pete goegan
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Originally Posted by Happy Pony View Post
The comparison I keep coming up with for the rest of his career arc is a less talented Chris Drury, who was one of my favorite players during his Colorado days.
I don't think that's an unfair comparison. Drury retired at 35, after two years of diminished play. Prior to that, his numbers were very similar to RJ's recent numbers. Will Umberger drop off as precipitously when he reaches the same age? You think, yes; others, including team management, think not.

Will RJ's $4.6 mil. be as burdensome to the Jackets at that time as Drury's salary was perceived to be to the Rags? With inflation and rising salaries, I doubt it. Your opinion is no more or less valid than anyone else's, so we'll have to wait to see who had a better guess at the future.

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