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03-23-2013, 03:20 PM
Oil In My Veins
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Originally Posted by Oilbleeder View Post
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.
Agreed. Having to go from 3.5 per year to 4.25 on a guy like Smid isn't a big pill to swallow if you ask me, especially if it means the difference between keeping him or not.

He's probably going to get that on the open market.

Edit: as long as we're not talking about anything over 4 years that is...

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