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07-03-2012, 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by mja View Post
Overpaying for Parise DOES hurt the roster. It hurts the roster tremendously. It ties our hands in trying to meet needs in the future, it makes paying all of our young talent infinitely more difficult, it potentially saddles us with an unmoveable contract for a decade. What if Parise settles into a slow decline into a 25-30 goal 65 pt. forward?

And we don't need to replace guys who were non-factors.

My read on the NJ series is not that we need more offense. It is that we need time for our young forwards, who were all over the place in that series, to gel and develop a tight team game and we need a stud defender who can control the pace of the game. I'm all for acquiring an elite winger at the right price, in both dollars and player assets, but it isn't the most pressing need right now and we don't need to force it just to do something.

Parise isn't going to be overpaid now (in terms of cap hit), he's going to be overpaid several years from now.

4 or 5 years is a long time to prepare for having an overpaid player on your hands.

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