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01-23-2013, 11:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Chardo View Post
Don't discount this. After money, "who will I play with" is often the most important factor in a free agent's decision. Perry might love the chance to play on Tavares' wing. He might realize 5+ years alongside Tavares could put him in the hall of fame. Will any other suitor offer that potential? Not saying they'll get Perry (I think he stays) but a superstar teammate is a big attraction to some.
The issue there: Uncle Chuck still has to pay a decent wage. I didn't see any high end wings offer to work at minimum wage to play alongside Malkin or Crosby, and that's what we would be doing. Playing with Tavares does hold some coin, but due to "certain economic realities" it isn't attractive except to bargain discount bin refugees to this point. Then there is the rest of the team too, and how they hamper Tavares ultimate pointing potential, and thus the potential for the guys we are trying to lure to his wing.

But hey, we got Brad Boyes!

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