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02-11-2013, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Lessy View Post
Your last paragraph is valid but I'm sure there are some GMs that think RoR will be a better player in the near future than Zajac.
Would you give O'Reilly a multiyear (5) x 5 million dollar contract in the hope that he becomes a Zajac? I'm sure that many teams think he will be an excellent player - but thinking and putting cap room in harms way are two different things. He has only had 1 year of high level production - no GM could justify giving that many years of high level salary for that. We all know how many of those contracts have turned out - Leino, JVR, Schenn, Myers, etc - the list is endless. Post ELC monster contracts RARELY work out to the benefit of the team if they haven't dominated like Crosby, Stamkos, etc.

I don't think you could find a team comfortable paying what ROR wants, even if he looks like he will be a dominant player.

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