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02-03-2013, 01:11 AM
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henchman24
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I don't think it is that the Avs don't see him ever being a $4m player. They just don't feel that he has proven it yet. Last year could very well be a fluke, but he was a 4-4.5m player. The prior two years he was a 1.5m player. With only 1 good year there is a significant risk of paying him long term a 4+ salary. It is a good thing the Avs didn't lock up Svatos to one of those deals. So it is easy to understand their reluctance to a long term deal with a player that hasn't shown he can put up 50+ points consistently. If ROR wants to play here he is going to have to take a bridge deal. It is as simple as that. If he won't take that, then he has proven that the money is more important. Which is his right, but the backlash is something he will have to deal with.

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