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11-27-2013, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by whatthef View Post
Signing a player like Hartnell to that contract after a career year at his age isn't risky it's dumb. The odds of him playing to that level again with the physical style he plays which will probably cause him to slow down and get injured more often than other players plus with his career year being so much higher than other years at at a relatively late age for the NHL. Just dumb. Giroux contract might turn out to be bad but from what he's show and his age there is legitimate reason to expect the level of play Giroux is paid for than Hartnell.
He doesn't have tom play to that 37 goal level to justify that contract. He just needs to play to the 25-ish goal, hard checking, agitating, net prescence level he has been his whole career to justify it.

Aside from a foot injury the guy hasn't missed many games at all. His game has evolved to where he can score from the slot on one timers so he isn't just banging away in front. Guys Shanny, Iginla, Andrechuk (not saying he is that good) played a similar game until they were 40-ish. He doesn't have to be playing on the top line 2-3 years from now to justify that contract.

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