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03-12-2013, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by pld459666 View Post

and for the record, no precedent was set with the ROR signing. Guys who sign offer-sheets are basically given UFA type money to induce them to signing the actual off-sheet and to try to scare the team owning the players right from matching.

It's why Neil Smith front loaded Sakic's contract with a 14 million 1st season.
I disagree. I think the landscape has changed in the NHL and offer sheets to RFA's are going to be far more attractive to clubs tight under the cap than Getzlaf type UFA contracts for massive money. If I'm club XYZ and I can sign a guy like Stepan to an offer sheet and lose a first and a third for a 3yr 3.5/per deal, I'll do that every time over spending 6 or 7 million on one player with a 64 million cap.

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