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07-26-2013, 10:27 PM
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Originally Posted by dkollidas View Post
I'm just waiting to see what guys like Vanek, Kessel, Marleau, Thorton, etc. are going to get next season after deals like this, especially when the cap goes up as most assume it will. This is gonna get crazy. I know fellow Sabres fans are hoping that if the Sabres can re-sign Vanek it'd be for around $6.5M/yr. Not after this deal. Kessel and Vanek will each get at least $7.0M-$7.5M. Let alone a center like Thorton, even at an advancing age.
Did you actually think those guys would sign for around $5.6M? Established elite players are a different matter entirely - $7M+ is never out of the question for those guys, regardless of what Wheeler signed for. Kessel was never going to re-sign for what he currently makes because he's far more established now.

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