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01-27-2013, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
Right, but those players are comparable players who got 4-6 year contracts. They were rewarded for good play.

Here's the thing, for a player, a 6-year contract means economic security. The player gives up earning potential for security, a smart tradeoff.

The team asks Subban to play 24 minutes in all situations, to block shots, to be an agitator, etc. He knows that he is durable, but with the way the team asks him to play he can be an injury or two away from being crippled at any point, from which he would lose 10s of millions of dollars. Given the role he's being asked to play, he wants to mitigate his risk by getting economic security. 6 years @ 4.5 million per is hardly Rick Dipietro territory.

For the Habs, at the same time, if they don't pay Subban now, by your own logic they will have to pay him substantially more in 2 years. You say that UFA years are worth far, far more than RFA years. And you're partly right, Ryan Suter just got 7 million/year on the UFA market, and he is very similar to Subban. Why have cap hits of 2.5, 2.5, 2.5, 2.5, 7, 7, 7, 7 when you can have 4.75, 4.75, 4.75, 4.75, 4.75, 4.75, 4.75, 4.75. The latter seems like a completely preferable option.
I agree completely, but I could accept only offering only 2 years if it was at a reasonable price (Say 3.5 - 4.0). But MB offer is basically telling Subban he's gone squeeze him for every dollar he can. That's unacceptable.

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