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03-23-2013, 03:05 PM
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Originally Posted by armandh01 View Post
Sorry paying him 4.25 is the worst of the 2 options. I'd rather go with a gap for a season than be stuck over paying a guy not worth the money for many (Horcoff). This team needs to stop bleeding cap space to players. He's on crack asking for 4.25 and any team would be on on crack paying him that with decreasing cap space.
Consider how many teams look for top-4 D-man.

Paying a guy like Smid 1M more to keep him isn't bad. Cap space doesn't win you games, players do. With how hard it has been shown to add top-4 D-man to the Oilers in the past, a little overpayment doesn't hurt. Especially considering the gap idea means we take another step back. A Potter/Peckham replacing Smid for a whole season would be terrible.

No team is going to be perfect with regards to cap space, you just have to pick where you overpay. Considering how hard it's been shown to acquire top-4 D-man recently, overpaying a guy like Smid 0.5-1M to keep him isn't the end of the world.

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