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01-05-2004, 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted by MojoJojo
Gonchar is a UFA after next year. Since next year is lock out year, that means the deal is a half season of Gonchar for about 10 to 12 seasons of Pitkanen. This makes the Oates trade look sensible.
thats a silly analysis. Gonchar is an RFA after this season. Any sensible team with his rights signs him to a 3 or 4 year contract. If Hatcher after his best season yet, got $7m on the open market from Detroit, I think its reasonable to expect that Gonchar will be signed in today or tomorrow's NHL reality and as a restricted player for a good bit less than
that. $4.5m to $5m. Half of what Lidstrom and Blake make.

Its also worth mentioning that after this season the Flyers will no longer be able to use its bank account as a weapon against the rest of the NHL. After this season they will have to work within a salary cap system that will limit what they spend and limit their access to players.
players that today would only sign a free agent contract in a high profile hockey market will find those teams capped out and will be forced to stay where they are or sign with the balance of the league.

Getting a player like Gonchar this year might be the difference between getting the cup now and not getting one for a long time.

After this year, teams will build winning teams with their brains. Not with a distinct advantage in ability to pay bigger salary and play in a high profile hockey market.

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