Agreed. This is hard for a lot of fans but it's very true. Sometimes a team has to know when a deal just doesn't work. We all love Burrows and if he is willing to sign a 3 or 4 year deal at $3-3.5M per then fantastic. If he wants $5M or more on a longer 5, 6 or even 7 year deal then Vancouver HAS to say thanks but no thanks. That is a dangerous contract to give a then 33yr old forward who bashes and crashes every night. At some point over the next few years Burrows is going to start breaking down.
Considering only one player on this team has a contract longer than 5 years (and he's being dealt), not sure why you keep bringing this up. Longer term deals tend to *LOWER* the cap hit in any event (unless you happen to think some GM is going to pay Burrows $6+ million on a shorter term deal.
We must remember that we can't keep Burrows solely because of our emotional connection with him. That's just not how you run a team/business/organization, and I trust Gillis with the situation.
No, not solely for the emotional connection, but how about loyalty? You reward the players that have been loyal and sacrificed for the team by playing with heart and buying in to the bigger picture by leaving money on the table.
It helps create a good work environment and makes Vancouver a place where players want to play. I'm not saying Gillis should hand him a blank cheque, but give him a fair offer, let him know he's appreciated, and go from there.
Burrows I want to keep for sure, try to get him signed under 4 million. That would be a good deal.
Edler will demand even more money than burrows. He can get 5-6 million.
His potential is an elite dman, but he still lacks consistency, and for some reason lacks confidence.
It would suck to sign him at 5-6 million, basically paid like a top pairing dman, and edler does not develop into that # 1 dman.
I rather pay a true #1 dman 7 mil (one that can produce offensively, qb the pp, and play against team's top lines)
I will explore trading edler, and see what we can bring back.
In a market where David Jones gets 4 million, I can't possibly imagine Burrows going lower than that, even at a discount.
As for Edler, he's worth 5-6 million. A true #1 d-man doesn't go for 7 million unless you want to give him a gazillion years to lower the cap hit. I bet Weber, under the current CBA, could get 8 million a year if he wanted it.