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01-25-2014, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by haohmaru View Post
I actually had the contracts reversed. I thought G was getting 6 and Callahan 5.

In any event, Marleau is 34 and he signed for 6.66M/per and that's a deal that you say you don't make yet the team that you're touting as closer to the Cup than the Rangers just did.

I'm not being emotional or talking about players that I "like" and I feel that you're undervaluing both players by saying G is a "complimentary RHD" and aren't hard to replace. Then why the **** would clubs like Anaheim and Boston covet a guy like Girardi and Callahan?

And arguing about cap space as being some kind of factor here simply isn't the problem. Richards will likely be bought out, the cap is going up to 71 million+ by most measures, and you have to pay top 6 forwards and top pairing D a decent amount of money NO MATTER WHAT unless a guy like McD falls your lap or you get lucky drafting.

And, yeah, I realize that Team Canada is a lot harder to make than Team USA, but saying Callahan can't hold Thornton's jock strap and that he's "mediocre" and easily replaced is just a bunch of BS. Mediocre players don't make team USA anymore.
Sorry it's true. Thornton blows Callahan out of the water, in every way. To say he doesn't is being way too much of a homer.

Cap space is a problem though. Too many tong term contracts. Hank @ 8.5, Nash @ 7.8, and now Girardi and Callahan for 7 years each at 6 and 5 mill? You see the problem here? These are the salaries you pay for players that carry your team. Only Henrik has ever carried this team out of those players, and I'd argue that he's overpaid. You reserve these high end salaries for superstars that make their teammates better, and give your team a chance to win every night. That's not how I'd describe Callahan or Girardi.

Did you watch the Boston series last year? What happens when Girardi is separated from McD or Staal? It becomes a nightmare. Girardi can't function on his own. That doesn't make him a bad defenseman, however. And that's why teams want him.

Where are we getting the money to fill holes we need when we sign all these slightly above average players to ridiculous contracts? You're looking at this too short term.

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