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09-18-2012, 04:12 PM
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I don't think comparing Elder to Bieksa's deal is fair at this point. KB3's deal after the season he has is now a bargain. If you were to say resign KB3 now, it'll cost you a lot more than last season.

When KB3 signed his deal, he was coming off 2 straight 22 point seasons and had injuries in both seasons. Last season, he posted 44 points and only missed 4 games. Huge difference in production between 2 the years before he signed his contract and the year after.

Elder on the other hand is coming off a career year with 11 goals and 38 assist for 49 points. Season before that (might have been his career year if he didn't get hurt), 8 goals, 25 assist and 33 points. Before that, 42 points in 76 games and 37 points in 80 games. Basically a consistent 40+ point dman who isn't bad in his own end. Elder was also an all-star last year while KB3 hasn't been in the all-star game (or youngstar for that matter). All-star game isn't all that meaningful but it does hold some value when it comes to contract/$ since being an all-star has some marketing value (doesn't really matter in Vancouver/Canada but it has value in other smaller markets that don't sellout every game).

Given the situation, its virtually impossible to imagine MG being able to convince Elder on KB3's cap.

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