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11-13-2012, 06:22 PM
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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
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.

If Minn were to develop their own Suter via the draft or via a trade instead of the most expensive way to build a team then they wouldn't have to blame their financial troubles on contract costs which they brought on themselves. If you can afford it sure do it. Or if you have other players to surround him with like Detroit would have then it makes sense. Ryan Suters career high in points is 46 points...8 goals!!!!!!! 8 And that was playing 30min a night along side one of the best d-partners he could ever play with!!!!!! Not likely to get that many points playing with Gilbert!!!! Which having no one to pair him with actually decreases his value!!!

I do believe that Wideman/Carle/Gilbert is a much better top 3 D then Suter/Gilbert and who??? Prousser???

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