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08-01-2012, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Guerzy View Post
I am a bit on the fence. Wheeler, Bogosian and Little all had fine seasons a year ago, but they didn't come without a bump or two in the road, though perhaps to be expected. Wheeler began the season and couldn't buy a goal, but then was our best forward for the duration of the season and his points indicated as such as did his determination and worth ethic. Bogosian was steady as a rock pretty well from start to finish, he isn't perfect yet though he appears to be headed in that direction. He appears to be fit for Winnipeg and Winnipeg appears to be fit for him. Bryan Little, albeit asked to do too much and more than he is capable of, still hit 24 goals and he should/could find a real comfort level as the no. 2 center behind Olli Jokinen.

Have we seen enough out of these guys to lock them up now? I think so. We did with Pavelec and he's got some question marks. We did with Enstrom and he too carries some question marks. Kane had a whirlwind first season in Winnipeg but here we are offering a reported 6-year deal.

Of course, even with a new CBA, it wouldn't hurt to let these players play out this season and get a better more clear picture and indication of what they're all about. However, if we were to re-sign these key players this offseason, here is what I would guess the long-term contracts would possibly look like, and if I were the one giving the deals, here is what I would do.

I won't re-sign Burmistrov as of yet, he's got much to prove and is in no position to be signed long-term, in my opinion.

As for Wheeler, Little and Bogosian,


Blake Wheeler: 5 Years - $27 million. (This would lock Wheeler up until he was 31 years of age).

2013-2014 (Year 1) - $5 million
2014-2015 (Year 2) - $5 million
2015-2016 (Year 3) - $5.5 million
2016-2017 (Year 4) - $5.75 million
2017-2018 (Year 5) - $5.75 million

Cap Hit: $5.4 million



Bryan Little: 4 Years - $18 million (This would lock Little up until he was 30 years of age).

2013-2014 (Year 1) - $4.5 million
2014-2015 (Year 2) - $4.5 million
2015-2016 (Year 3) - $4.5 million
2016-2017 (Year 4) - $4.5 million

Cap Hit: $4.5 million



Zach Bogosian: 6 Years - $30 million (This would lock Bogosian up until he was 27 years of age).

2013-2014 (Year 1) - $4.5 million
2014-2015 (Year 2) - $4.5 million
2015-2016 (Year 3) - $5 million
2016-2017 (Year 4) - $5 million
2017-2018 (Year 5) - $5.5 million
2018-2019 (Year 6) - $5.5 million

Cap Hit: $5 million
It will be interesting to see what these guys sign for.

The Kane deal will likely set the table for Wheeler. Would TNSE offer him a mirrored deal? Would Wheeler get a little less? Not sure. Will be interesting to watch.

I have no idea what kind of money Little will command. I am inclined to believe he makes less than either Ladd or Olli. Could they sign him for 4 Mill or possibly a little less? If so term might make sense, otherwise I am not sure he gets a long term deal.

Toby obviously set the ceiling for Bogo. I would also be more comfortable locking Bogo up than the other two. Six years would be fine by me. Again, wonder if Kane's deal would be offered to Bogo.

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