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06-18-2013, 07:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Prestige Worldwide View Post
Contract is one year too long for sure, but the cap hit/AAV is just right. Honestly, other than giving that 4th year I think Holmgren did fine here and I don't get all the *****ing and complaining. Average defenders who register 40-50 points seem to command 5+ million on the open market over the last couple of years hence it is market value and fair.

Matt Carle 5.5 million
James Wisniewski 5.5 million
Denis Wideman 5.25 million
Keith Yandle 5.25 million (RFA contract)
Mark Streit 5.25 million
Sergei Gonchar 5.0 million

The Flyers were DESPERATE for a mobile top 4 defenseman who could bring some offense and skill to their back end. The fact that they didn't have to overpay in a trade (Couturier, 11th overall pick, and possibly more) or give Streit 6 million a year and a full NTC was definitely a good thing in my opinion. Holmgren messed up big time last summer and put himself in this position to begin with but I think he did fairly well under the circumstances. Time will tell.
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