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06-23-2006, 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by SOLR
I think the proven argument is over used. Managing your assets and taking calculated risks will become much more important now that free agency is at 7 years, you will want to proceed faster once your prospects are hitting on the nhl door.(Mainly for economic reasons, more money more FA, more wins, if you take good decisions). Look at the NFL or the NBA, the cap changed the dynamics a bit.

You could say only one of those players had the opportunity to consistently score at the NHL level and it would be true.
Proven players are vital to a winning team. It's hard to build a winning team around a bunch of rookies and if you rush them then they will be come unrestricted free agents even sooner. That being said having players that are on cheap entry level deals is important because it gives you more cap room to acquire more expensive veterans. However, if the rookies aren't contributing then it doesn't matter how much cap space they save the team. Winning games is more important than accumulating cap space.

Perezhogin had an opportunity to prove himself last year and he didn't consistently play well. Ryder had a much better rookie season at close to the same age. I think it's up to Perezhogin to really prove himself next year when he will be the same age Ryder was in his 2003-04 season. Ryder forced his way onto the top lines that season, Perezhogin and the others mentioned will have to do the same next season.

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