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11-03-2011, 10:10 AM
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[QUOTE=Pantokrator;38710199][QUOTE=Damaged Goods;38706969]If the Flyers sign Couturier to a deal at 20 that "pays on potential" the logical assumption is that it also carries the same kind of risk premium as the JVR contract and has the same kind of potential back-end windfall for the Flyers. The way you're framing this still only looks at the deal from one side.
2014 isn't the only year that matters and there's no telling if the Briere expiration will be the decisive factor you are making it out to be. For the most part, we have no idea what could develop between now and then that changes the Flyers decision-making parameters down the line. It is possible that a less favorable dollar/term for the Flyers on Couturier's deal beyond 2014 could also have a negative impact on other resources. It's also possible that it won't matter that much either way. If the cap rises 5% every year, that's $10 M more space for the 2014-2015 season than exists now.
With such a cap, the Flyers would have ~$30 M to spend on additions and raises to the current salaries of Giroux, Schenn, Couturier, Read, Simmonds, Voracek, Gustafsson and Meszaros combined to a roster that includes Pronger, Bryzgalov, JVR, Briere, Carle/Coburn and Talbot.
Here were my limits for 2014-2015 with a conservative 5% annual cap increase:
The remaining cap space is for an extra body or two.
I never said it was. But I'm not going to try to mount a defense for future-crime. If the the Flyers fill some gaps with short contracts (1 or 2 years) and let some big fish expire, the space should be there when they need it for extensions beyond 2014.
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I understand how JVR contract's work. The point is they paid top dollar to get him locked up. I doubt a year is going to make a significant difference in his worth on the market.
Well you keep bringing up the JVR contract while neglecting to mention why both sides saw it as beneficial.
Couturier beat out all those Phantoms and he is playing his role tremendously. How is it a benefit to have Couturier play great shut-down defense and chip in some offense on the 4th line and boost the penalty kill? I think that is self-evident.[/
Do you think an 18 year old can keep that up? Can you name another 18 yr old player who has come in to perform great penalty kill as a rookie for the entire season? I'm seriously, I don't know if there has been anyone.
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