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08-11-2013, 05:54 AM
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Originally Posted by TheRedressor View Post
Other teams should be following the Rangers, Blues and Canadiens example when it comes to bridge deals.

Only exceptional players should skip the bridge contract. Derek Stepan has been exceptional for half a season. His other two seasons his production while developing was that of a 2nd/3rd line center his rookie season and a second line center his sophmore season.

Hopefully they can come to terms on a 2 or 3 year bridge deal comparable to Claude Giroux's.
There are so many teams which give big contracts out of entry level. I was looking at the Cap Geek on Friday trying to find 2nd contracts for 2 years for guys like Stepan. Not that many. The Flyers. Philly recently gave Couturier a 2 year bridge contract but he still has one year left. Those guys like the long term 2nd contract. They gave JVR $4.25M in a long term deal and then traded him. Maybe the Flyers are changing their way but didn't wait until the ELC expired.

Boston. Carolina. Edmonton.

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