Thread: Value of: James Neal
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01-30-2012, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Kenny Jonsson View Post
Grabner signed a 5 year $15 million dollar deal coming off a 34 goal year. That's pretty close
Grabner is irrelevant when compared to Neal.

Neal is a guy that has scored 20+ goals three times in his career already, before joining the Penguins. In his 4 seasons in the NHL, Neal has score 20+ 4 times (24, 27, 22, 27*). He's a legit 20+ goal scorer, something you can bank on. I think 4.5m-5m is the range he falls in, if he was a UFA then I would say more, but I am sure he and his agent know the Penguins situation and his situation on the team, that he is a good fit and signing for a little under market value for a long term deal would benefit both sides. It's not completely uncommon in the NHL so for people to act like it is, is mildly amusing.

*current season.

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