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01-03-2013, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by DEVILS ALL THE WAY View Post
Jesus Christ

Our highest paid d-men is playing less then 18 minutes per game. Can you give me the name of a d-men that is earning over 4M$ per who isn't earning top pairing or second pairing minutes outside of Kaberle and other losers no one wants on their team?
Keith Ballard - $4.2 cap hit, 15:33 per game
Robyn Regher - $4.02 cap hit, 18:37 per game
Ed Jovanovski - $4.125 cap hit, 16:41 per game
Jaroslav Spacek - $3.833 cap hit, 16:05 per game
Luke Schenn - $3.6 cap hit, 16:02 per game
Nicklas Grossman - $3.5 cap hit, 18:48 per game
Jonathan Ericsson - $3.25 cap hit, 17:05 per game

Now you can argue the merits of each of those players as much as you want, or point out examples of similar players making less money. But guys like Regehr, Schenn, and Grossmann are all very comparable to Volchenkov in terms of what they bring to the table.

Volchenkov is maybe 20-25% overpaid, but he's not breaking the bank or putting us in cap jeopardy, and he's still a competent NHL-caliber player. You don't buy out those kinds of guys.

This isn't NHL13, where you can have teams of 6 Mark Fayne's making peanuts. Sometimes, you have to pay money, especially when signing a UFA. Sometimes, your most most expensive player ISN'T your best player. That doesn't mean they're a bad player, or not important to the team. And clearly our formula is working, since we made it to Game 6 of the Cup Finals. Who gives a **** if Volchenkov makes $1M than you'd like him to make?

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