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02-28-2012, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by nickschultzfan View Post
Wouldn't be surprised to see Fletcher swing a few times over the next 1.5 years to land a #1 Dman for when our young forwards start making an impact. Suter this summer. Weber maybe by trade or when he hits UFA. Maybe Whitney or Edler or somebody else I can't think of in the summer of 2013.

In his intereview with Russo, he pointed out the Campbell signing in Chicago, when everybody thought that signing was too earlier, and Fletcher was 100% right in his assessment. Sign UFA before you peak, and they'll grow with the team.

The UFA signings that teams regret are ones where the team core passed their peak and start to decline, or where teams sign a guy and then expect him to fill a larger role than what he actually can do.
And to continue the Chicago parallels, the Campbell deal was viewed as over-payment by many, and sure he was paid a lot, but he was an important part of that team.
In much the same way I would be perfectly fine with 'overpaying' for a Suter/Weber type (although really their value is pretty high, hard to pay more than that), because they would be so valuable to our team. A workhorse that can play >25 minutes a night, put up 40 pts and be a + at the end of the year would be so helpful.

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