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02-26-2013, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
A few 1C-2C comparisons from contenders.

Chicago: Toews 6.3M, Bolland 3.375M
NYR: Richards 6.6M, Miller 1.2M (ELC)
San Jose: Thornton 7M, Pavelski 4M
LA: Richards 5.75M, Kopitar 6.8
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 4.88M 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.
I'm really not sure what the comparison's are about there. They serve no purpose. You include a player on there that is on a ELC. Why? You include Malkin, who is not a #2 centre, but rather, a top 3 centre in the league.

I think Gagner gets a 5 year deal this team. He took a short contract, and has now showed the organization what they should expect out of him. He a very good offensively producing #2 centre that is soft and bad at the dot. His 2-way play is decent. Due to the offense he is putting up this year, I think he gets close to $5M per year. I don't think his production level will keep up, the whole season, so will likely get between $4.5M and $5M/year. I'd prefer another 2 year deal to see if this year is a fluke, but considering he already took one, I think he demands longer term.

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