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02-09-2013, 10:28 AM
Join Date: Mar 2012
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They are going also towards a cap hell, because bringing these guys up too early.
That forces Sather to a possible Gaborik buyout or other "nice" cuttings that weakens the team in the future.
You're kidding, right? Do you think the Rangers should have buried McD in the minors to save some $$ on his next contract, even though bringing up a talented kid was better in his 1st full season than any D-man we have on our team helped them win games and improve as a team?
Sure, his next contract won't be cheap, but look at what other very good young defensemen got in their 2nd contracts- Subban only got $2.875m per in cap hit, and Del Zotto (who nailed down a top 4 spot) has a cap hit of $2.555. Those are very manageable amounts for guys who help a team win. The Rangers potential cap woes don't have anything to do with playing their young guys- it's more a product of their FA and trade activities.
In the Red Wing world, KH may have kept Smith down in GR an extra season to only give him this 1 full season up with the Wings before his next deal comes up, but I don't think the potential contract savings is worth the cost to his development he could have had in playing a season with Lidstrom.
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