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01-20-2013, 06:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Whitesnake View Post
I don't. A bridge should exist solely for guys you have some real doubts about him. And I don't for PK. It can apply to 90% of the players if you want. But you have to keep a 10% for the exceptionals. Yes, I know, PK isn't an EXCEPTIONAL, like the great superstars of the league but guess what....he is for us. No PK and unless a major trade comes along, the next d-man to come in our top 6 is Tinordi. He does serve a purpose...but clearly isn't a PK. The closest to PK you ahve is Beaulieu and some have doubts if he'll ever be a NHL'er. I don't, but that's another story. The rest, MAY be solid #4-5-6...clearly not what PK is all about. So for us, he has to be an exception.

What will happen if Galchenyuk goes back to Sarnia, starts next year and happen to have 60-70-80 points per year with 35 goals in his 3rd season? Do we still to apply this stupid bridge for the sake of applying it?

I'd try to do a bridge contract with him. It's beneficial to the team and gives you a bit longer to have that players for a little bit less. That's the advantage of having RFAs on your roster. I really don't have a problem with that. I'd be surprised if Subban had a huge problem with it.

But if you're going to do it, you'd better provide some decent numbers. 3 mil for 2 years is lowballing and the only thing that happens here is that you upset the player and poison the well.

I get what you're saying and maybe I'd bend if push came to shove but I'd try for a bridge contract with him why not? The problem (as I see it based on the numbers from the Hot Stove) is that we lowballed the guy to the extent that he's now insulted. That's the real problme and if that's the case, now things get messy.

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