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03-14-2013, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Kjell Dahlin View Post
Very low but it is not 0%!

Basically, assuming Subban becomes the great D we all know he can be, it means that Bergevin would have spent 4M$, over a 8 years period, for (1) insurance policy in case Subban regresses during the upcoming season, (2) much needed cap flexibility in 2013-14, (3) an incentive factor and (4) less pressure on Subban’s shoulders.
We don't have a cap problem for 2013-14, we will have nearly 16.5m cap space, with only Ryder, and Desharnais looking for "big" contracts. The 1.5-2m in savings that PK's bridge contract is giving us is not needed. The 1.5-2m for the 6 years after his bridge deal would have been more useful.

Subban doesn't need incentive or less pressure he is highly driven and thrives on pressure. All the bridge deal does is provide insurance for an unlikely occurance at the cost of reduced cap flexibility going forward after 2 years and the risk of alienating a core player (Doesn't seem to have happend).

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