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07-15-2013, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by slappipappi View Post
If Bickell could have gotten more money elsewhere, he can't be "overpaid". By definition, "overpaid" means that he got more than he could have gotten elsewhere, and more than he had to be paid to guarantee a signing.

You might not like the contract, and you might think it's more than you would have paid, but he's not overpaid if he signed for less than his fair market value.
No. By definition, "overpaid" means he got too much for what his value actually is/was. Bickell's never scored 20 goals in the NHL and he's notoriously struggled with consistency over his career. He is in no way worth 4M per year, even with factoring in his playoff success. The market drove his value, but that doesn't mean the market is right. Being a UFA drove his contract numbers up, if he were an RFA, he would have gotten what he was actually worth.

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