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04-25-2013, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by EsposHounds View Post
Why is it so hard to believe that Stepan would get the same type of money that Skinner, Hall, Eberle, Seguin, O'Rielly are getting. He has out performed all of these guys. Is Glen Sather the only GM that does not have to pay market value for the players he signs?
1) Skinner, Eberle and Seguin all got 6 year deals, including 2 UFA years. Hall got 7 years, including 3 UFA years. If their GMs had given them 2 years deals, there cap hits would be a lot lower.

2) O'Rielly only got 2 years, but he only got that money because he got an offer sheet. If calgary, colorado or O'Rielly's agent had known that ROR would have to pass through waivers to sign with another team, the offer sheet would have never happened and ROR would have signed for much less.

3) Sather rarely gives long term contracts to non-arbitration eligible players. Anisimov, Dubinsky, Callahan, Girardi, MDZ, Sauer, Prucha and Tyutin all got 2 year deals. Dawes only got 1 year. The only player who got more than 2 years was Staal.

4) We have limited cap space and other players to re-sign. McD and Hagelin are both arbitration eligible. We simply might not have the cap space to give him a long term deal, unless they don't plan on bringing Clowe back.

5) Stepan has no leverage. His only recourse is to sign the deal that Sather offers him, or hope for an offer sheet and sign it. What team is going to risk pissing off the Rangers by giving him an offer sheet? ROR sat out games before he got one. You think Stepan will do that?

So basically what it comes down to is you have a bunch of GMs who gave those players more money than they had to. And you have Sather who makes it his business to give out 2 year bridge contracts. That's not to say that he won't offer Stepan a longer term deal. But his track record and our limited cap space suggest that he won't.

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