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01-19-2013, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by BrooklynRangersFan View Post
In a strange way, the lockout can help us here.

I mean, think about it - what is a "great" year for one of these guys? Let's say Hags really steps up his play to the point where he would've scored 30 goals in a regular 82 game season. That translates to what, 17-18 goals, this year? A single hot or cold streak can have a dramatic impact on the full year extrapolation.

That small sample size is going to make it really hard to argue for either Steps or Hags to get a significant increase over what you're projecting. Play well, get something between Dubi/AA money and DZ money this summer and then play for a bigger deal in 2015.
Great year = 0,8 PPG or more for Hagelin or Stepan IMO. Not probable - but certainly possible.
Then my projected numbers on the bridge contracts are simply not going to hold up, number or year wise. But that also means we have an injection of more high end talent than we might have been hoping for up until now. Kind of a win/win if you ask me...
But you are totally right that the shortened season more likely than not will have a positive effect on these 3 contracts. At least one would think so...

Regarding Sauer as somebody (Snowblind) mentioned. If he were to against current projection get his health back and return to playing NHL hockey - resigning at a similar hit (for 1-2 years) as he has now (@ $1,2M per annum) - that would be optimal IMO. Would give Big Mac one more year to round out his game (or be a midseason callup) in CT. A long shot YES - but definitely the best scenario. Good call there!

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