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09-18-2012, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by NYVanfan View Post
I agree with this
I would expect Edler is looking for 5.75M at least, maybe 6M
If we get him anywhere under 6m I can live with it.
If he gets to UFA, I would bet my left nut someone will pay him more.
I see Y2Ks point about the holes in his game, but dont agree that Bieksa's better -- more mature maybe, but he's 5 years older.
the fact is, 50-pt 26 YOs with size and speed who can hit are rare, and we would take a large step back if he was subtracted from our blueline (arguably we'd go from top 3rd D in the league to bottom 3rd in a hurry...)
Bieksa may be older but he and Edler have roughly the same NHL/pro experience.

I would be against letting Edler walk for free as much as I'm against overpaying him for his potential that may never be realized.

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