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04-27-2006, 03:46 PM
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$2.75m is far from cheap. So first you need to find a team that can afford him. That narrows the field. Then you need to find a willing taker. That narrows the field further. People were not exactly beating down Burke's door for him and his performance over the past month has done nothing to help his value. The days of simply dumping a salary are over. The cap has seen to that.
You are presuming that someone besides Renney would play him for 20 minutes. Ozolinsh cannot be placed on the PK and should play as little at ES as possible (he is that bad). That does not make for 20 minutes on most teams.
The +/- stat is useless. The very fact that Ozolinsh is a +2, despite being horrific defensively, illustrates that point. Or Rozsival's +35 or whatever it is. And for all of the points that he has racked up, it does not measure up to how much his nightly mistakes hurt his team. Frankly who cares if he gets 2 assists per night, when he sets up the other team for 3?
It is if they do not want to start to give up at least an extra goal per game.
That's is the problem. Ozolinsh's play has dictated that he is far from a 20 minute per night player.
On salary: This is not Gonchars 4 year, 20 Million dollar contract we are talking about. Its a one year deal, at 2.75 Million. I went through the math before, whats the average salary of ANY player in the NHL? 1.5 million? A top 5 D-man? Probably approaching, if not over, 2 Million. So you are talking about a one year increase in salary of about a million, if not less.
On Ozo's game: Is his offense worth the risk? For some teams it might be. Some teams actually have D-men that can play defense and forwards that are defensively responsible enough to know to cover for a D-man when he pinches.
As for him not being a 20 minute a game player, well hes been one for his whole career. And he has always been this bad defensively, this isnt about a player being past his prime.
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