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01-18-2013, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by onebighockeyfan View Post
I would like it to be closer to 4 million for 2 years (to fit under the cap this year) but would be fine with 7-8 million after that IF AND ONLY IF he establishes himself during those two years as a regular Norris candidate. If not he will be worth less than that.
In a cap league you need to get your players locked up on long-term deals at friendlier cap hits to help you build your team in the future. For example a couple contracts previously mentioned a page back are Letang and Staal, both were locked up 2-3 years back before they broke out and improved even more and their deals are currently bargains and allow their teams to retain their stars and add free agents.

Signing Subban right now to a long-term deal could look really good in the future, for example if he's making say $5.5 million a year while comparable players could be making $7-7.5 million a year say 3 years down the road. There is always the risk in signing him long-term but in the WORST case scenario if Subban doesn't progress there will always be teams will to take a chance on a guy with Subban's skill and a contract of $5.5 million per year wouldn't hold teams back from it.

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