Due Respect to Dupuis' OFFENSIVE Game...
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02-18-2013, 05:13 PM
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I do believe a lot of teams in this league are both desperate and foolish enough to offer him a 3 year deal at 3 million per season. We've seen worse players in this league get that kind of money recenetly (ex. Colby Armstrong). That being said, there are a lot of variables that Dupuis himself must take into account. For one, he's spent 4-5 years building considerable chemistry with Sid and Kunitz. Needless to say it won't be easy to quickly rebuild that chemistry on a new team with new linemates.
On top of that, it's not every day you get to play night in and night out with the best player on the planet, which he has the priviledge of doing. Lastly, he has built quite a comfortable life for himself and his family in Pittsburgh, which is something that a lot of players around his age place massive importance on.
I think those variables alone will make it difficult for him to go elsewhere for a raise of a million or so dollars a season. Personally I think he's definitely entitled to a pay raise, but not for anything more than 2.2-2.5 million per season for maximum of 3 years.
I don't see that as being a huge issue for him. If the market is 3.3m for 3 years (not unrealistic), and we're only offering 2.3m (I don't think I'd be comfortable going higher than that... 2.5m max), I don't think he stays. He's 34 in a month or two. He has 3-5 years left max. He's someone who hasn't made a lot of money to date (9.5m total over his career - 50% of which went to taxes).
If it's within 500k, then perhaps he stays. But if the difference is higher than that, he's gone.
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