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02-12-2013, 11:13 AM
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kbuck8851
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Contract Curse

Maybe it's the curse of the 5 year $25 Million contract? This story is closely following the narrative of Sergei Gonchar's stay in Pittsburgh. The first two years Gonchar was here his play went from shakey to scary in Y1-Y2. People were loud in their criticism and were calling for him to be booted out of town. He then turned around his play throughout the balance of his stay here, solidifying a PP through quiet confidence and helping to mold a young Malkin. He turned into exactly the player that Craig Patrick thought he was getting. Hopefully Martin can follow suit and a role as mentor to a young core of promising d-men that play his style (Despres/Dumoulin are basically Paul Martin with size) will help reignite his game. Who knows? But maybe just stop offering this contract to players...

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