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08-25-2012, 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by TheGleninator View Post
Dubynk is already making 3.5 million there is little chance that he gets that big of a pay increase and I agree Hall did not take a hometown discount but as I said even if each of the big 4 make 6 million they will have tons of cap space to bring in free agents, I wouldn't use Hemsky as an example for not taking a home town discount as he wanted a retirement contract and the oilers overpaid him to take a 2 year deal instead.
4 players is just over 1 top line. They're (legit) supporting staff of Gagne, Hemsky, and Smyth either need to be replaced with better talent, which is the likely scenerio, or they need to be resigned and won't take a discount. Except Smyth bleeds copper and gold.

So then there's bottom 6 depth, such as Omark, Paajarvi, Lander and Hartikainen. All due for a pay raise soon, and likely not physical enough. And then there's a nothing defense except for Smid and Shultz, and a over-hyped Whitney. All looking for a pay raise soon. And then there's the blue-line prospects too. Dubnyk will eventually be a decent starter and will either want a pay raise or a new team.

Anyways it adds up. I wanted to see the Oilers land a legit free agent to be truly afraid that they would win a cup. I also wanted to see some hometown discounts. I saw neither. They likely have a bad stigma with players given the situations that have occurred over years (ie, Pronger, Souray, Smyth) and my evidence for that would be the Heatley situation. I'm not sure players have them as a destination.

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