Thread: Injury Report: Michalek - Surgery MAR 19th
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02-16-2013, 07:04 AM
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Originally Posted by inthewings View Post
There are some valid reasons to at least explore the idea of moving Michalek:

- His 35 goals last year came on the strength of a career-high 16.5 SH%. His career average is 12.7%, which would have netted him 27 goals last year.

- He's only averaged 69 games per season in 3 years here and is hurt again.

- Next year will be his age-29 season, and players typically have their best years behind them at that age.

- He'll be a UFA after next season. Joffrey Lupul just signed for 5 @ 5.25 for his age 30-34 seasons, and Michalek will be entering his age-30 season as a UFA. Are we prepared to pay him Lupul money for his 30-34 seasons? Because that's probably what he'll cost if he has a good year next year.

For a lot of reasons, cashing out on Michalek if he comes back and finishes strong is a fairly attractive option.
I'm hearing he wants to have his knee operated on. Going to see a specialist and then make a decision. Likely out for the year.

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