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01-27-2013, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by JGRB View Post
Other teams have had no problem giving young stars long-term "pay for potential" contracts. I just listed two in Carlson/Fowler, there is many many others.

Montreal is one of the only teams in the league with a substantial amount of money behind it that doesn't hand out big pay days to it's young core players.

The very least they could do is offer him a 2 yr 8.5M contract, buy out Kaberle in the summer and one hand washes the other. If the numbers floating around are to believed the Habs simply aren't being fair to Subban at all.
What makes no sense about this is Montreal has to overpay for free agents, yes there's a small passionate minority who'd love to play in the hockey mecca (such as PK Subban?), but for the most part between Quebec taxes, the pressure and (for some) the weather, you need to significantly outbid other teams to recruit FAs. The only reason Cole, Gionta and Prust are here is that reason, in fact the only guy who signed a contract with this team who could have gotten the same amount of money elsewhere is Plekanec - a homegrown player. The rest are here either because we own them, traded for them, our outbid everyone else for their services.

Lowballing our own makes zero sense in this market, we don't have a tax advantage like southern American teams and we aren't a contender, if you can tie up emerging stars to reasonable contracts, you should do it and then worry about what to do next.

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