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01-23-2013, 08:39 PM
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I don't really remember which media person brought up Kopitar as a comparable first, but it really does seem to fit now that I look at him. He signed back in 2009 so he really wasn't fresh on my mind.

In his 3 years before signing, Kopitar had two 20 goal years one one 30 goal year. Benn never had 30 goals, but he scored 70 in three years compared to Kopitar's 79.

Kopi was a better point producer getting 204 compared to Benn's 160.

Since Kopitar was coming off a 3 year ELC, he only had 4 years to UFA. If you only look at the first 5 years of his deal, only 1 was a free agent year. The same would be true of a 5 year deal for Benn.

In Anze's first 5 years he earns $32.4 million or just under $6.5 million/year. When you consider that contracts typically tend to escalate over the years, a 3 year contract to Kopitar who was slightly better as a point producer is a pretty good comparable.

I've rationalized $6.5 million a year ... can we now please get it done?

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