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Marchand Extends with Boston [4 years, $4,500,000/year]
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09-07-2012, 02:37 PM
Join Date: Aug 2005
Biases declared: I'm an Oilers fan living in Boston.
First... I like everything about Marchand... I even like that I sometimes hate him
But this is a pretty hefty contract for a guy of his skillset.... granted he's among the best of his skillset (a pest who can score by trying harder than the rest). It's great to have guys like this on your team... they help round out "good team" from "championship".
But they usually don't get paid this much. Ask Raffi Torres... or Burrows... or Pisani (granted, no where near a pesky, but in his day a fantastic shutdown winger with "game on the line" timing).
The reason is that you know the player is 80% effort and 20% skill.... what happens to that fire when they get injured, or satisfied? It's tough to keep the fire in the belly and it becomes a fine line between elite 2nd/3rd liner and AHLer.
Let's hope he continues to earn it... for all the "all heart, no skill" players out there!
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