Bates signs 3 year deal
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03-07-2006, 04:57 AM
Join Date: Aug 2002
I don't see how anyone can be too upset with this.
You will always have to up some salary for years of UFA. You get a few teams bidding and Batesy maybe goes for $1.4-1.5 million/year in the offseason.
In the meantime the Islanders secured an asset, at a price that does not kill their cap while showing loyalty to a player who wished to stay on the Island into UFA years.
I don't think a new GM who may want to go in another direction would have any problems moving him.
So what exactly is the problem? I don't care about guys getting locked in for an extra $100K or $200K or an extra year as long as their trade value doesn't suffer.
It's guys getting locked in for 3 or more years too many for $1+million/year too high that bothers me.
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