Thread: News Article: Subban refused qualifying offer
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07-18-2012, 10:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Miller Time View Post
don't really agree...

while a 4 year deal doesn't buy us any UFA years, reality is that if we go short of that, and he develops well, he'll still be in a position to get max dollars despite having RFA years left (not unlike the Weber situation in Nashville) and the team will have no choice but to give him that deal or be forced to trade him.

if he doesn't develop well, then the extra $$ we give up by not giving him the extra term doesn't really benefit us either, since we're paying a premium for a player not playing up to snuff.

for the habs, at this point as many years as we can get him signed to (without going into the 8-12 year crazy length) while keeping the cap hit south of 5M$ is a good thing, imo.

the "buying UFA" years factor isn't that important since either way, if he's the player we think he his/will be, he'll be in line for a huge pay day wether his next contract comes with RFA years left or not.
Shouldn't the goal be with the signing of Subban to have him on a reasonable cap hit in a couple of years when, hopefully, we're icing a competitive team. It shouldn't hurt us this year or the next if we're paying more for a couple of RFA years as long as we can have a reduced cap hit 4 or 5 years from now.

I understand what you're getting at but I don't see the benefit to it.

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