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06-18-2012, 11:16 PM
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Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: The Kirk
My take on the negotiation from the main board:
The progression of goalies is difficult to value compared to skaters. They are much more prone to stagnation or regression. It's a fickle position. For that reason, I'd establish his value for the coming year (say $3.25M) and let him pick the term between 1 and 5 years. He can choose short term and try to improve his numbers to earn a bigger contract, or lock in for up to 5 years and potentially forego higher salary later on if he continues to progress. As much as we like to pretend he was the MVP, his numbers were very pedestrian.
This would be in contrast to how I might handle Kane where I'd be fine having his salary grow later on in his contract since the likelihood that he'll continue to progress is higher.
Giving Pavelec anywhere near $5M for multiple years is crazy and premature. That's my take anyway.
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