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01-16-2013, 08:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Kriss E View Post
This is where the main problem lies in our difference of opinion.
Somehow, according to you, PK deserves less cash and a smaller contract for the sole purpose of being a RFA. It doesn't matter whether or not he actually is better with more potential and contributes more than any other player on the team (Price being the sole exception perhaps). Just because he's a RFA he deserves less. It makes no sense.
Listen if PK had this superstardom potential but struggled out of the gate and was used more as a 2nd pairing guy, then everybody would agree that PK should sign a bridge contract, just like most agreed with Price's 2nd deal, he hadn't proven himself capable of truly being a #1 keeper and actually lost his spot to Halak. PK already proved himself as a top Dman. He's not going to decline at 23 and start playing like a 2nd pairing guy.
Just like other guys around the league proved themselves enough to get a bigger deal after their ELC contracts.
Being a RFA doesn't mean you just have to shut up and accept wtv deal management throws your way. When a player is developing super fast and already proved himself to be better than the rest, than you can pay him top dollars. Makes absolutely no sense for him to be relied upon more than any other D, therefore risking injury more than the rest, and be expected to agree to less cash.
Imagine if at your work your boss told you that you're the one that is going to be relied on the most out of a group of 6, you will work in the toughest situations, handle the toughest assignments but yet, you won't be making the most cash. Doesn't add up right?
RFA vs UFA is a good bargaining chip, but it doesn't mean that a player can't compare himself to others who are worse and play less, but make more.
Well part of the trouble is that we are going on pure speculation and opinion and we don't know the workings of MB's team. I'm willing to bet they have salary structures laid out and a gameplan already created for building a winning team. And considering PK hasn't signed yet, they haven't been able to come to an agreement so it fits.

We can all have the opinions we want if PK is great or not, in the end he is just one player that has to fit an entire gameplan that is managed by MB.

I want to win, I couldn't care less about PK getting max money...sometimes you have to take a hometown discount to let management make the entire team better, and that's what I personally care about.

I'm a PK fan if he is a hab, if he isn't then i'll cheer for the next guy that puts on the jersey.

Look at it this way, it's Meehan's job to get PK as much money as's MB's job to make the habs a good team and at this point I have to trust that MB knows what he is doing. He has the habs interests in mind, whereas Meehan only has his own and PK's.

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