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01-24-2013, 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Ollie Williams View Post
I always saw the bridge contract as a necessity for the team, but only when it came to players that have a little more to prove. To me, nearly every player falls into this category except for the ones that greatly exceed expectations or the really high draft picks that meet what is expected of them before the "bridge contract" time comes. Pacioretty would be part of the large group of players that needed to prove more. Price, in my opinion, would have been one of the players exempt from the bridge contract had he performed to the expected level before that. I don't think Subban should be exempt from this treatment. Yes he's a great defenseman but I also think he can be better and has a lot more to show.
I find the "bridge" contract more a hinderance than a help for the team unless Subban falls on his face the next 2 years or his agent was looking for 6 years at 42 mil.

Instead of signing Subban at 2 years 8 mil...better to sign him for 6 years at 27-28 mil and not have to sign him in 2 years for 4 years and 26-30 mil. Good cap mangement.

Comparing Subban to Pacioretty and Price isn't right because the year before they signed their "bridge" they had career sebacks. Price was relegated to #2 and Pacioretty started the year AHL.

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