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03-01-2006, 07:48 PM
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Originally Posted by mercury
I didn't forget. Johnsson was our best defenseman for most of 2002-04. The only problem is, we may not be able to pay him what he is worth. Personally, I think he is not worth Hatcher's 3.5, but he should obviously be making more than Rathje is. In the age of the cap, part of icing a team is having to let go veterans who demand what they are worth on the open market. Spending $3.5 mill each on 3 of your top defensemen, along with big raises for Pitkanen and Gagne, will hamstring the team from making other moves. I personally don't see him getting more than $2.5-3 million FROM US. If another team blows him away with an offer, he may walk.
Side note: Rathje and Hatcher both make 3.5 million a year.

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