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02-23-2013, 09:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Skidooboy View Post
He has a lot of work to do. Consistency to name his biggest weakness. Being able to play well down the stretch and really score regularly against "playoff teams" top D pairing. If he wants to be paid like a top NHL player he needs to pick up hs socks and be the difference maker night in and night out.When it counts. No "Danny Heatley", 7 goals against Bratslavistan and 0 goals in any Gold medal game, Regular season hero playoff zero, type play thank you. He needs to become a winner. Because he has the potential to play at a ppg ,drag a team through a round of playoffs guy. So I'd say 4.6-5.0 for two-3 years. 5.5+ for 6-7 yr with no NMC/NTC. Back loaded as well.

Am I crazy?
No, I agree. If you want to be paid like a 1st line difference maker, then be a consistent 1st line difference maker in your play. The previous two games were what Wheeler should be on a consistent basis. Not necessarily the points but the impact he has on the game. Then he's a 4.5-5 mill/yr player. Maybe slightly more.

But right now, Ladd's deal looks pretty good for Wheeler, imo.

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