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08-01-2012, 09:27 AM
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Play the role of GM; Would you lock up our 2013 RFA now?

So as I got reading Ed Tait's article this morning on our team budget and soon-to-be key RFA coming July 2013, it got my wheels spinning a bit. Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, Zach Bogosian, Alexander Burmistrov. Sign them now? or sign them next offseason?

Given the current CBA is set to expire and RFA contracts appear to be in the line of fire in terms of taking a hit, and when a RFA will be eligible to become a UFA appears to become a bit more difficult, then there is contract length which also appears to possibly be restricted.

Ed Tait says the following,

Now, as Free Press columnist Gary Lawless first reported a few weeks back, the Jets have made Evander Kane a six-year offer worth around $29 million and that $4.8 million annual hit alone would push the club over the cap floor. But it's the moves management might make after the Kane deal is completed which would hammer home the Jet approach. Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little and Zach Bogosian -- all under 25 years of age and all scheduled to become restricted free agents after next season -- figure to be cornerstone pieces who could also be offered significant raises to sign long-term deals. Same goes for Alex Burmistrov, who is entering what could be a huge year in terms of establishing his market value. As well, energy forward Spencer Machacek, who impressed with nine points in 11 games after a call-up in March, is also a restricted free agent who may get a raise in a new deal.
What would you do? if these key players were willing to negotiate new long-term contracts this summer, would you do it? What would you like the contract to look like? These players may want to sign this offseason and be locked up, have that security and focus their season strictly on hockey and not worry about their contract stance in Winnipeg. For many of these players, Winnipeg seems like a great fit, and they seem to enjoy it here.

We've seen Ladd sign long-term. We've seen Pavelec sign long-term. We've seen Enstrom sign long-term. Lastly, it appears we'll see Kane sign long-term. All on 5+ year contracts. Will that encourage the likes of Blake Wheeler, Zach Bogosian, Bryan Little to negotiate their very own long-term deals sooner rather than later?

What would you do? what would you like to see?


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