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Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis has his work cut out for him
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05-26-2013, 11:07 AM
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May 25, 2013 | 9:50am ET
The Toronto Maple Leafs do not appear to be close to signing impending unrestricted free agent center Tyler Bozak to a new long-term contract.
Bozak, 27, is scheduled to become a UFA July 5, and is believed to be seeking an annual salary worth in the neighborhood of $5 million to $5.5 million.
According to multiple sources, the Leafs, who would like to have Bozak back next season, are not interested in signing him to such a price tag.
Its quite logical for Bozak and his agent to demand that kind of money because precedent has been set.
Grabovski was awarded a $5.5 mil contract last summer and Leafs were willing to pay that amount for his contributions, when he was in a similar contract negotiation.
Bozak produces more offense, takes and wins more key faceoffs, centers a higher line and plays above him on the depth chart. When players are negotiating contracts their agent always look for comparables to set value and their camp doesn't have to look any further than on the Leafs team and its internal salary structure to make their case here.
However "two wrongs don't make a right", so overpaying Bozak for his services because you overpaid previous others for theirs is not the way Nonis should go. So he has his work cut out in this one, and where "fish or cut bait" is concerned a better option is likely to let Bozak walk, and address the center ice black hole in Toronto a different way. IMO
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