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05-29-2013, 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Homebrew76 View Post
Larry Brooks has been an entertaining read mainly because of how Torts have hated him over the past few years. But his statement that HL will easily get 80 Million over 8 years is plain nuts. I have to wonder if HL's agent paid him off to make such an assertion in terms that are so concrete.

HL will be 32 when his current contract expires. Any team willing to pay 10 million a year for 8 years is asking to be completely screwed long term.

HL, as good as he is, is probably getting paid pretty much just the right amount right now for a top end goalie. GMs have to realize that once he hits 35 or so he will very likely start to decline. Certianly the odds are against him being a vezina candidate beyond that.

If HL wants an 8 year deal, I could see 50 million being the top end of what I would offer. (start at 7.5, and gradually drop down to 4.5 near the end to total around 50 Million). That would certianly be fair for a goalie like HL.
Most of what you just said also applied to Brad Richards last year. And that did not stop us from signing him to a LONG term contract.

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