Free Agency 2012 (7/1/12)
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07-03-2012, 03:40 PM
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And it's going to be a fair contract because it falls in the "market rate" everyone talked about in the Stoll thread, correct?
I know you're already well aware of this, but for the sake of defining this for the audience, "Market rate" is whatever the market will bear. Clearly there are a few teams with a lot of money they want to throw at one player, and given the new CBA will likely have
restrictions on contracts, they want to get it done under the current CBA if at all possible.
Looking at the market rates for these players now that the Kings would have been nowhere close to being able to assemble the roster they now have locked up if they had to acquire their top players (Kopitar, Doughty, Quick, Brown, Wiliams, Richards, Carter, etc.) via free agency. The prices would have been far higher.
"Hometown discount" is what the Kings got for Stoll (and Fraser, Penner, Quick, Brown... etc.) They essentially got it for Richards and Carter as well given they signed the same type of deals with Philly. Stoll (and Penner) could have gotten more money as a UFA testing the market. They chose not to do that.
Anyway... just glad the Kings don't need to rely on Free Agency for any major pieces for the foreseeable future.
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