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07-26-2013, 10:18 PM
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Originally Posted by thinkinfeller View Post
I wasn't joking, no.

Collectively, fans have lost 1.5 years of hockey since 2004, and you don't have a problem with guys like Blake Wheeler getting paid 5.6 million per season?
guys like Blake Wheeler? ABOVE average first-line wingers?

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Originally Posted by Pekka Rinne View Post
Why do people compare UFA and RFA deals? They aren't even close to the same.

Anyways, overpaid in money, but made up for it in term. Decent deal.
He was one year from UFA: you can't compare because there wasn't the "free agent frenzy" that yields so many horrible contracts but from the perspective of the team you can absolutely compare; They bought as many UFA years as the Clarkson deal and got a much better player for much cheaper.

I agree though, decent deal - not a steal by any means, but fair for both sides.

I'll echo the earlier sentiment that I fully expected him to put up 70+ points next year.

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