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12-27-2012, 02:25 PM
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1. They MIGHT get a scorer for cash alone. That's ignoring the fact that very rarely is the market flooded with players of Gaborik's caliber. Every year we hear about how great the UFA market is going to be. Rarely does it ever live up to the hype.
2. They'll have cap space to offer big money to UFA's, but not bring in a big money player in a move that will allow them to send salary back? Not likely.
3. UFA's moved at the deadline bring a higher return than UFA's moved a week before July 1st. However, Gaborik is an entirely different situation.
1. We are in a lockout. We might not see it settled until the summer. How many yrs have we gone into a summer, with players having just lost 1/2 to a full yr's salary? With gms looking at a $10m reduction in the cap?
You seem to expect teams will have no trouble locking up their impending ufas like Getzlaf, Weiss, Clowe , Lupul, Jagr, Horton, Ignila, Elias, Alfredsson, Ryder among others. I expect some of those players to sign extensions with their old team, but others will want to test the market having lost 1/2 to a full yr's salary.
2. It's not that a team wouldn't have cap space if they are eyeing Gaborik, it's that 1 week before the start of the ufa period, I think gms will look to find a scorer on the ufa market, so they do not have to give up that 13th-22nd overall pick + a top prospect and so they are not shelling out $7.5m.
3. Really? How so?
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