Thread: Speculation: Bring Ference back to Calgary
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06-26-2013, 02:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Stewie Griffin View Post
My objection to giving Ference $4 million / year is more philosophical than anything else.

Ference gets $4 million, someone else in arbitration / negotiation points to that contract and says "I want that much, or more" and so on.

These kinds of contracts will be why the NHL winds up crying during the next CBA negotiations that they are losing money, need more of the share of revenue, etc. etc. and we'll end up losing another season.
Wouldn't RFAs going to arbitration be unable to use Ference as a comparable because he is a 34 y.o. UFA?

As for Free Agency, yes, but the precedent of ridiculous contracts has been set. 8 million for two years for a guy like Ference is pretty good when 35 year old Mark Streit is pulling in 5.25 million for the next four years.

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