Eklund Rumours Thread: Enter at your own risk v2.0
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11-07-2011, 04:46 PM
Join Date: Sep 2004
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I'm pretty confident we can lock up AK at 4 million tops.
A.Kost- 26yrs old
2010-2011 20g 25a 45pts
2011-2012 on pace for 31g 25 a 56pts
E.Cole- 33yrs old
2010-2011 26g 26a 52pts
2011-2012 on pace for 18g 12 a 30 pts
Cole signed a 4 year/4.5M$ deal with a NTC after his 2010-2011 campaign, 3rd best of his career, and coming off an injury plagued 09-10 season.
You really think in the summer of 2012, Kost (who even if he doesn't keep his current pace, is likely good for 45-50pt if he just stays healthy), won't get the same, if not greater offers than what we signed Cole for?
admittedly, we overpaid for Cole and no other team was offering as much... but even if 4M$ is the most Kost gets offered elsewhere, do you think he'd be happy to stay in Montreal for a 4M$ deal after watching Cole (and Gionta) cash in for more despite not producing any more than he does?
I hope you are right... but doesn't seem even remotely realistic to me barring a major injury...
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