More panther stuff...Bowmeester looking for 3 mill a year!!!
the beat reporter for the panthers was on the fan 590 at 12:05 and talked about the panthers.
bowmeester " a career -40" wants 3 million a year
luongo" has yet to win a playoff game" wants max money
the heat was stagnant and closing the upper bowl until Shaq showed up and the panthers want a name, sniper, they really wanted mogilney but the price and the hip made it impossible
the veteran players they signed is more a Keanan thing then a tampa rivalry thing
redden and jovanoski are players being mentioned going to FLA and Boo is a name being mentioned going out
Jokinen playing hard ball with the team
luongo is really upset( as i said yesterday), he was out with season ticket people for breakfast and other function, being the face of the franchise and he feels that Iginla, Nash and lecavalier were treated properly and he is not
Bouwmeester is still a developing player - how the heck can he realistically expect 3 million per year at this point? Weiss is getting 650K this year and he was a top 5 pick that has done as much for the Panthers as Bouwmeester has...at least at the NHL level.
Bouwmeester may be the next great defenseman (jury is still waaaaay out on that though), but he isn't anything more than a 2nd/3rd pairing defenseman that was thrust into the starting lineup b/c the Panthers had no one else and couldn't afford to play anyone but their prospects.
I agree that $3 mill per yr now is a bit high. But I could see a deal like this...
1st yr = $1.5 mil
2nd yr = $2.5 mil
average = $2 mil
$2 mil is about what top 4 guys are getting right now. That would allow FL to see if he's going to be a true bonafide #1 superstar and not kill themselves while keeping Jay reasonably happy. Then he's still 2 yrs away from UFA and you can take him to arbitration if he's not living up to expectations. If he is living up to expectations, you can then sign him to a long term deal more inline with what the other #1 defenders are getting.