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05-02-2013, 12:44 PM
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4M per for two years would be the max per year I would ever even consider.
If he wants longer term it has to come at a lower per year cap hit. Clowe at 31, 32 maybe even 33 might be near the same player he is right now. At 34, 35 and beyond... we all know where that goes unless he is a serious outlier like Selanne. There are only 55 forwards league wide who played this last season who are currently 34 or older. Clowe is not Doan, Iginla, or Morrow in terms of pure talent, by the time he is those guys age, he's not going to be putting up points at the rate those guys still can.
Rather see the Rangers take Kreider, put him where Clowe would play and attempt to turn him into a Clowe like player. Maybe not fighting but he plays with an edge and is as big. Who knows, maybe he'd even become a better offensive player. 3 or 4 years of Clowe maybe being the same player or 3 or 4 years of maybe turning Kreider or some younger player in to a Clowe like player, I'd prefer the later option.
Clowe is making 4M this season (a 500k raise on the previous three seasons). And he signed that contract after a 23g, 30a 52 points campaign. He's top those numbers twice (in the first two years of that contract). Since then, his production has declined (below the 52 points of 08-09). So why does he warrant getting what he got when he was younger and more productive (and give up a 2nd as well)? The Rangers need to start paying guys based on what they could do and stop paying them on what they have done.
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