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06-30-2012, 05:03 PM
Join Date: Feb 2004
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You okay with paying 8 million a year for the guy?
I am. I'd throw 7 at Suter too. There are only a few UFAs available this year that are difference makers. Looking to next summer there are only a few again and many of them are likely to be signed before they reach the market. As the cap continues to rise and the number of long term contracts grows you're going to probably see less and less hit the market. If everyone is fighting for 2-3 each offseason, you try to sign them when they are available and hope you get one every once and a while.
Yes, you have to "overpay", but there are other ways to make cap space. Some moves will add assets on top of creating space and some will just create space (thank you, Terry!). If you don't sign the top players in free agency, you're going to pay through the nose in assets and almost as much in cap space to acquire them through trades. And then the assets you give up can become top players that are either signed to long term contracts with the new team or you have to overpay to get when and if they hit free agency.
Signing guys like Parise in free agency not only help because of their talent (and leadership in Parise's case) but they also maintain your young assets to make trades or develop. Its also cheaper to sign your own players and easier to keep them when they are top players. And if you develop top players you can't afford you move them along for more assets.
If he'll sign with us, its a no brainer.
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