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07-02-2012, 01:00 PM
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Drake1588
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I don't think the large contracts to the prize free agents give their clubs too much heartburn. You're getting a gem with Suter or Parise.

It seems to me that the ones that burn you later are the $3.5M to $4.5M contracts that tend to pile up. You may give one of them to a mediocre player this year, or maybe two of them. Yet if you gave one or two out last year as well, pretty soon you can have $12M in ill-conceived contracts on your hands, and little room to maneuver your way out from underneath them.

So I'd rather see teams go big than go for moderate returns. Yet if you can't go big because you can't compete, or because you opt not to, then resist the urge to snap up the middling guys for far more than they are worth. Those are the ones that can kill you, if you are carrying four or five of them.

I'm not sure McPhee let too many guys go yesterday, whom I'd want for the contracts they signed. As long as he has a plan for the trade market, I'm on board with that approach.

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