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05-23-2006, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Blind Gardien
To be honest it just looks like Feaster is rewarding his big 3, and he isn't concerned about the ramifications outside of locking them up one bit. The Bolts would be in at $43.5M with their current contracts plus hypothetically returning all their free agents at last year's salaries. Of course, not all the free agents could be re-signed at last year's salaries (Kubina being a prime example). But the point being, they have the freedom to work on it themselves, nobody will be able to force them into doing anything they don't want to. Like trading one of the big 3 they so obviously want to make the longterm cornerstones of the franchise. It's a gutsy position to take, but I wonder how practical it will turn out to be.
Gutsy is putting it politely.

Tampa has 13 players under contract for next year at a total of almost $34 million dollars. Kubina is as good as gone which leaves only Boyle and the bargain priced Ranger as decent blue-liners (Sydor's contract really looks ugly). Feaster also has to fill a huge hole in net, unless he's convinced himself that Sean Burke is the answer.

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