"Who" is not buying into "what"?
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03-27-2013, 08:05 PM
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I wonder how much of the inconsistent play from our RFA's(Petro, Shattenkirk, Stewart, Berglund) has to do with playing for their next contract. With ALL of the talk about Petro being a top 5 dman in the league this past offseason, he had to see a huge payday forthcoming, and I'm curious if that's why he's been pressing all year? Petro sees the money Shea Weber and Erik Karlsson got, maybe he's thinking he's got to prove just a little bit more, then he'll get that huge payday. And by playing outside himself, he's regressed. I'm not saying it's the only reason for his poor play, but it could be a big factor. He could be signed anywhere from 5yrs-30 mil to 8 years-64mil. That huge difference, it could be why he is trying to do too much.
I do think it's a legitimate concern with Stewart too. Does he have to be constantly playing for a contract to play up to his potential? I don't know, but the thought concerns me. Is he a 20 g forward worth 3m per or is he a 35g forward worth 5m per?
Berglund is what he is at this point a 20-20 guy with 55-60 point ceiling. So hopefully Army goes 4yrs-15mil for him.
Shattenkirk is pretty darn consistent at this point in his young career. He is an elite PP QB with 50 pt potential and his value should be in the 5yr-22.5 mil range.
Just thought the pending contract issues may be part of the reason why there is some noticeable "selfishness" and less "buy-in" as a whole?
What does HF Blues talk think?
Pietrangelo has one of the best hockey agents out there, he knew what kind of deal he could expect coming into this season. The reality is that there isn't a lot he could do this season that moves it significantly in one direction or the other. He'll get whatever term he wants and he was never going to get close to $8m unless he wanted to go down the offersheet road, and I'm sure that'll still be there for him in the summer anyway.
His situation is simply down to him trying to become a better player. You learn by mistakes and you won't become the best player possible unless you make them. He is trying to develop his offensive game and it is hurting us sometimes. It is frustrating to watch, but it isn't helped by the fact he doesn't have a great partner to be paired with for it.
Chris Stewart was in a contract year last season as well. Not sure why suddenly that becomes a valid argument now...
Overall, I don't really think the contract status is really a factor in all this. Berglund, Shattenkirk and Pietrangelo were never going to get much more or less offered to them on the basis of 1 shortened season. I expect they are largely aware of that. Stewart is the only one with a lot to gain or lose this season really.
I am disappointed that deals haven't already been done though. Armstrong comes out and says he is looking to deal picks/prospects for players signed to deals beyond this season, then surely it would help to have a firmer grasp on how much we'll have available going forward?
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