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02-23-2012, 12:10 PM
True Blue
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Originally Posted by pld459666 View Post
That was part of the problem when the Rangers gave Holik 9 million.

The fans expected him to be more than what he was.
At $9m, you had the right to expect him to be more than a 3rd line center. At $9m, he was not the player he needed to be.
There are reasons that Columbus gave him that contract, he was the face of their franchise and they bought 6 of his UFA seasons. that all plays into the amount of money he got.
And that is exatly what he is getting paid here. At $7.8, he had better be one of the very best in the league. Not a top-20, but a top-10. If he is not, then he is not worth that money. And it becomes a deadly mistake with a hard cap.
The fact is, he's not coming in here to be the leader of this team We have that in place already. He's coming in to address a significant shortfall that the Rangers have and that's legit talent on the top 6, another sniper on the PP and to score goals. He's not coming here to be the face of the New York Rangers. That seat is filled with Henrik and Callahan.
His salary demands that he be the top player on the team (henke aside) and amongst the elite of the elite of the league. Kind of hard to blend into the crowd that way.
You can disagree with that all you want. We don't need someone to come in and be THAT guy. We have them in place already
PLD,do you truly believe that Nash is coming here to be just a complimentary player? At $7.8, if something goes wrong, HE is one of the first people the press go to to see what is wrong. He is not blending into the background.

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