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10-27-2003, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by neogeo69
While I would definitely love Gonchar in Oiler silks, his contract makes it very tough to pick him up. He makes $3.45 million and his contract expires in 2004. He was born in April 1974, making him 30 years old this year.

I would trade Jason Smith ($2.3 million) and a pick/ prospect (Rita - $1 million) for Gonchar and see if he would sign a contract for $4 million per year for two more years.
GONCHAR FITS BEAUTIFULLY in the Oilers salary structute. This year and after a new CBA. If he can be signed for 4M bucks, let's remember that he's basically a pp specialist and not of the same callibre as Lidstrom or Pronger, for a few years it works out great. Remember that Salo enters the first club-option year on his contract next season at 4M per...LOL. No way that will be picked up to the dough saved there could easily pay for a top d-man like Gonchar. Of course, It all depends on the Caps willingness to trade him, and the chances of signing him long term.
I'm sick of paying 4M bucks for a BAD goalie. The kind of money should only go to tenders that win games on their own on a consistant basis. Other teams are getting by just fine with goalies making 1.2-2.5 Million.

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