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06-14-2012, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Schenn10 View Post
I also think if Weber is willing to give a number and term it would take to sign him, we might as well just wait a year and sign him for free and keep Schenn/Couturier
It doesn't work like that. You are buying a year of risk this year, so for me, that dollar number changes after this season.

Basically, with guaranteed contracts, signing a player a year ahead of when is required (UFA), the team transfers a year of liability associated with injury from that player to the team. If the Preds sign Weber tomorrow and he gets seriously injured, the Preds live with the longterm consequences. If Weber goes into the final year of his deal without an extension and suffers that same injury, he loses both dollars and term on his next deal.

Signing Weber tomorrow probably take like 10 years, 75 million. Signing Weber on July 1, 2013 probably costs 10 years, 80 million +.

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