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03-05-2012, 08:55 AM
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People need to be more realistic here. There are very few superstar players who ever reach UFA status and we're not going to get every single one of them, or maybe not even any of them for that matter.
We don't HAVE to go after the big UFA every year. Who was it this year? Brad Richards. Who did we sign? Erik Cole
Brad Richards: 18G 27A 45P
Erik Cole: 23G 23A 46P
Be smart about UFA signings and don't just overpay for big names or this organization will be in worse shape than it already is.
I think a similar move would be Semin this coming year. Things went badly for him in Washington this year, as long as we don't sign him for 6-7 years he could be a steal.
Dump Gomez(waive/minors) and use some of that cap hit to offer Semin 4-5 years front loaded(5 mil bonus plus 8 mil 6 mil 5 mil 4 mil 4 mil...6.4 mil cap hit). I think he is the most talented UFA this year and will probably cost us less than Parise would(overpayment like 65-70 mil over 8 years).
Penner could be another "buy low" option. I wouldn't mind offering him 2 years and 6.5-7 mil.
other solid buys? Stoll Hudler Gaustad(depending on $$$) Jones Stempniak McClement Parenteau(depending on cost)
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