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02-26-2013, 01:10 PM
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Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
A few 1C-2C comparisons from contenders.

Chicago: Toews 6.3M, Sharp 5.9M
NYR: Richards 6.6M, Miller 1.2M (ELC)
San Jose: Thornton 7M, Pavelski 4M
LA: Richards 5.75M, Gagne 3,5
Bos: Bergeron 5M, Krejci 5.25
PIT: Crosby 8.7, Malkin 8.7

Skill levels do vary. But this is what the contenders are paying right now.

It's a 4.758M average. Gagner is not worth average salary compared to those players. For a true one-two center punch it seems GMs are paying around $5M for a true 2C.

We are winger heavy and should either embrace that fact and structure the team accordingly or do what many of you suggest and that's trade Gagner and one of the wingers for a legit #1/2 center that will be here for years to come. The Rangers are also winger heavy and we look a lot like they do for forwards.

But Gagner should not be sniffing anything near $5M and if he does then we're literally favoring him over the likes of Yakupov/RNH/Schultz.

$3.9M-$4.3M over 3 years is what makes sense at this point in time.
Look what NJD just gave Zajac, and you have to look at recent contracts not ones a few season back

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