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04-10-2013, 12:54 PM
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Originally Posted by HockeyBasedNYC View Post
Dreger was saying this morning how the starting point on Bozaks contract would be around 5 M??

Are we looking at the same for Stepan?
I assume you mean Kadri. Bozak is in no way, shape or form comparable to Stepan.

Everyone thought MDZ would get 4 mil. Everyone thought Subban would get 5 mil. Non-arbitration eligible players have no leverage other than signing an offer sheet, which is what O'Reilly eventually did, but he held out a long time before he signed one.

No idea if the offer was on the table before that and he waited to sign it, or if calgary waited to give him the offer. But either way it's not a common situation. And both colorado and calgary screwed up there, as neither apparently knew that O'Reilly would have to clear waivers to play for calgary (because he played in Europe after the NHL season began). If that had been public knowledge, the offer sheet never happens and O'Reilly would probably have signed much sooner and for less money.

How much Stepan gets per year will depend entirely on how many years he gets. Arbitration years cost more than non-arbitration years. UFA years cost more than arbitration years. Sather has limited cap space to work with and other players to sign. He'll try to sign Stepan to a 2 year deal, in the range of 2.75 mil per year.

Of course, if Sather decides not to re-sign Clowe, or decides to buy out Richards this summer, then he'll have the cap space to give Stepan a longer term deal. Both Hagelin and McD are arbitration eligible, so Sather's going to have a harder time keeping their cap hits down. Clowe wants to get paid as a UFA. There's only so much cap space.

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