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02-10-2012, 10:08 AM
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I think a lot of Leafs fans are basing their opinions of Zubrus on this summer's talk, when every single Devil poster said "we can sign Parise easily, if needed we can just bury Zubrus's contract or buy him out."
Which, of course, made Zubrus sound like a useless, overpaid, player.
I think people were saying that during the Kovalchuk contract thing. Last summer we were comfortably under the cap after re-signing Parise, because Rolston had already been traded and Hunter bought out.
None of us wanted to get rid of Zubrus, it was just that he was the only one who made sense. Rolston's contract was damn near unmovable with his NTC and too much total salary left on it. Salvador had too many years left and not enough skill to be attractive in a trade. And we weren't going to get rid of other core pieces. So it had to be Zubrus who got buried. Eventually, it didn't come to that, because Salvador, Rolston, and Parise all got injured long-term, and LTIR gave us the cap space.
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