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02-19-2013, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by tjs252 View Post
In a salary cap sport you can never, ever, overpay role players. It'd be great if he accepted the Rangers' offer, but he's not a keep him at all costs player. As it is, we have 4 - Lundqvist, Nash, Gaborik, McDonagh. It's scary to think about paying all four what they deserve while then overpaying replaceable parts.
That's the thing though. You can never overpay role players by the amount you can overpay star players. Worst case, Prust becomes a liability and we're stuck with his cap hit 4 years. I'd take that over overpaying a star by 5 million over 5 years. Usually when looking at who's making too much on the team, you start by the impact players and what they bring relative to what they're being paid. You rarely crap on the 3rd and 4th liners because their salaries really don't cripple teams that much. Prust at 2.5 really isn't a big deal even if he was half the player he is. Gomez at 7.5 was a big deal.

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