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02-15-2012, 12:05 PM
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Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Originally Posted by
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Didn't suggest he was...but it is his mentor.
This discussion started because of a claim Karlsson's camp is looking favourably at a shorter deal where he is compensated more than otherwise in order to make sure he's an RFA after his next deal. Whether that's true or not, I don't know.
You suggested he's not going to take less years just to be nice and get nothing in return, that's very likely true....but no one's suggesting he isn't compensated extra if he were to do that.
Fair enough. I just would be awfully surprised if Karlsson settled on a 3-year deal that averaged $5M to $5.5M as some have suggested. I think it'll take more - at least $6.5M and possibly higher. Karlsson's camp is also risking that a future CBA won't change players' contracts in the future, but that's not a risk I would take. Take the long-term, guaranteed money now if it's available.
I would also be surprised that the Sens would want to only sign Karlsson to a three-year deal since he's a key player for the team both in the present and the future. A 3-year deal has several risks, including a higher cap hit and Karlsson's next contract being a much higher cap hit and/or a really long-term deal (e.g., 10 or more years) that could hurt the team in the long run.
And like for Karlsson, there's also the risk of further changes to the CBA and how R/FAs are handled. For instance, what if the UFA qualifications are reduced (unlikely but you never know) or compensation to sign RFAs is reduced, Karlsson could be with another team in 3 years.
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