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08-01-2013, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Kriss E View Post
Did you think PK would regress? Based on what? An absolute random guess?
Hey, maybe PK gets hit by a bus driving to a game just a few days into the season.

There was no reason to believe PK would regress. If you followed the kid through the ranks, the opposite is what you should actually expect. He has had incredibly fast progressions through his years, and he is extremely professional regarding his training/development. So at his age, with no injuries, you really had no reason to believe he was going to regress. Could it have been a possibilty? Sure, the same is true for every player in the NHL, every year.

Nobody is acting like it was a known fact PK was going to win the Norris, but go back to the negotiation threads and you'll see a lot of people expected PK to keep progressing and was a sure bet. They didn't need hindsight.

I also want to make sure that PK didn't have to win the Norris. If he had a similar season to his sophomore one, he would already have been worth a longer cheaper term deal.
Hence the reason for a bridge contact; to give time to assess a player's worth, during a stage in which he's still developing.

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