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11-13-2012, 05:01 PM
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Originally Posted by echlfreak View Post
An don't say well if they don't do it that they can't compete! Ryan Suter is a great D but far from worth 10M...Minnesota would have been better off with 2 $5M D than 1 $10M D...that is their own fault!!!
Missing the forest for the trees is right.

Ok, let's ASSUME that you're right here... they would be a better team with the one-two punch of Matt Carle and Dennis Wideman than with Ryan Suter. I mean, none of us likely believe that is true. But let's accept it anyway.

Let's also accept that the fans wouldn't be irate that a team in perfect position to court a Suter would instead intentionally settle for Carle/Wideman. Just assume that there is no backlash from this.

So, the Wild decide to pursue these two ~$5m defensemen. Well, here's the problem. Wideman and Carle ALREADY had those offers on the table without the Wild's involvement. So for Minnesota to make a winning offer, they have to outbid those contracts, and the total is now creeping upward.

So to get "two $5m defensemen" they really need to be looking at $4m defensemen, whose salaries they can inflate to equal $10m. "Hey, we didn't get Suter but check out our sick Souray/Kuba combo! Great seats are still available, call now for prices!"

Meanwhile Detroit picks up Suter at $9m and Wild fans are red in the face with management.

That is what you're recommending when you propose that teams ignore the constant upward salary pressure and pretend that they can just overpay even MORE mediocre UFAs to get the same results.

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