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05-14-2012, 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by joestevens29 View Post
How have you seen enough from Hall to warrant that type of contract after surgery? We've seen with Horcoff what can happen after surgery and to some degree Hemsky.

Unless of course you are just assuming that Hall will be a 100% and won't have any complications or limitations.
I can't comment on Hall after surgery. But it's definitely a risk vs. reward situation in his instance.

If you sign him now (or December) you have a greater opportunity to sign him somewhere closer to what your idea of a good cap number is. If you don't and he comes back next season at 100% and takes the next step, you might be paying $2M/season more than you would have if you'd taken the risk.

And if you carry Hall in to the following season at ~$7M and he gets outproduced by RNH or Yakupov, where do you stand then?

It's not a favourable option, but it just might save you millions in contract negotiations in the near future with two more elite players looking for new contracts.

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