Thread: Rumor: Pavelec KHL
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06-18-2012, 11:43 PM
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Originally Posted by surixon View Post
I'm not a fan of paying well over the going rate for a goalie in in his class. A bunch of good young goalies have been brought up in this thread and not one of them made over 4 million or even close to that number. I'm all for paying Paves a fair rate for what he has proven so far with a bit of a premium for potential but that shouldn't be anymore than 3.25 million over 4 years.
Just some numbers from last season:

Jonas Hiller ANA $4,500,000
Rick DiPietro NYI $4,500,000
Antti Niemi SJS $3,800,000
Nikolai KhabibulinEDM $3,750,000
Jaroslav Halak STL $3,750,000
Kari Lehtonen DAL $3,550,000
Pekka Rinne NAS $3,400,000
Craig Anderson OTT $3,188,000
Dwayne Roloson TBL $3,000,000

Of them, only Rinne is in my opinion better than Pavs (Due a hefty raise to say the least), with Hiller being comparable in talent. Stats say one thing, but if we had been playing with Anderson, or Niemi, I think we would have lost a number of games Pavs carried us through. Backstrom, in Minnesota, is being paid $6M a year. So I think 4yr/$16M is something Pavs will live with, and we shouldn't cry about.

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