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07-05-2012, 04:34 PM
Don't Call Him Alex
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I think a deal will eventually be completed as well though I am a bit surprised it's taken this long after hearing Armstrong glow about Oshie after the season.
In JR's Oshie/Perron blog entry a while back, Army says he typically doesn't believe in deals (Petro could be the lone exception next offseason) longer than four years.
Seems like a reasonable contract for an improving, maturing, all-situations player like TJ would be 4 years for $16-17 million.
Oshie gets some leverage with the team buying out 2 UFA years while he would get more than a comparable player like Steen but less than the heart and soul Backes.
Oshie gets paid for dedicating himself, Blues lock up a core player for a reasonable amount of time while not handing him a 6-7 year term like some others teams would. Little give and take for both sides.
I personally thought this would get done well before Perron's deal whose situation is slightly more complex because of the injury.
Perhaps the hold up is that Oshie is a very unique type of player which makes it hard to find comparables.
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