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05-28-2013, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Jonathan. View Post
Where did I say that he should be paid less than Nash?

Being paid slightly more than Nash is still market value or above, however. He already has had one contract above market value. If he cares more about winning the Cup, he will take a bit less than he would get on the market.

I don't view Hank as a Crosby-level talent. If Crosby is making 8.7M, Lundqvist should be making about 7.5 or so. I am willing to give the dude 8M. I think that is very generous. And, frankly, Nash is overpaid by .8M or so. Why should that mean Lundqvist should be overpaid by almost a million?
I don't think his last contract was above market value. He was paid handsomely to be the best goaltender in the NHL, and season by season, he fulfilled that role. If he wasn't considered the best goaltender in the NHL I would say he was overpaid, but he was getting paid slightly more than the other top netminders, and overall, he was the best.

And Nash is only overpaid by 0.8? No, no. Nash shouldn't be making any more than $6 million. I think it's laughable that only Ovechkin, Malkin, Crosby, Weber and Staal have a higher cap hit than him. And now Perry. All of those players have accomplished more than Nash.

That's the issue heading into this current contract negotiation with Lundqvist. It's clear he is the most valuable piece of the team. But you'd have to pay him as the most valuable piece to represent that. And when we took on Nash's albatross of a contract, it just raised Lundqvist's salary more than it should have.

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