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01-22-2013, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by HarryNealesGarden View Post
Burning a year of his ELC isn't just about cold hard cash (the Golisano/Quinn concern), it's also about sound and responsible cap management. In order to build an elite team in this NHL, especially with the cap coming down considerably, you need young guys on super-cheap contracts. It's just good business sense.
I think you could argue that needing to resign a 21-year old Grigorenko vs. a 22-year old Grigorenko could result in a significant salary difference, given that he should still be improving a lot at that age. As long as he's able to play at the NHL level right now without hindering his development, you might rather burn that first year now.

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