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Who would you sign for 15 years?

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11-14-2006, 05:57 PM
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Who would you sign for 15 years?

If there were one player on the Habs you could sign for 15 years who would it be?

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11-14-2006, 06:06 PM
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Nobody, but Chris Higgins would be my choice if I had to do this.

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Chris to the Higgins !

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Christopher Higgins.

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11-14-2006, 06:15 PM
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Chris Higgins without a doubt. Why? Because he's the most versatile player we've got. So even when he's old and gray and can't score at the pace that he is now...he'll still be a valued player in a defensive role (Carbo or Gainey type).

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Maybe I'm just weird, but I expect to see a few more of those extremely long contracts. They're just NHL's version of the hefty signing bonuses we see in football. Does everyone here expect DiPietro to play out his entire contract? I don't. One day, he will suck enough for his GM to accept to buy out his contract in order to get rid of him (probably not in the first years, but later, when there's only a year or two to go), which will be exactly like an NFL signing bonus, i.e. money given to a player not for playing. If, on the other hand, it turns out that he's good enough to play out the contract, the Islanders or another team that would have gotten him in a trade will have had a bargain, and DiPietro will have had security and a whole lot of money.

A long contract may become the new way to attract big names or to keep nucleus type of players with his teams. I think it gives a team more flexibility in both short and long term.

I'm all for giving a 10 or even 15 years contract to a young core player after his 3 years entry contract. 3 years is a good sample to know what the player is capable of, and if it's worth it, go for it. I choose Carey Price. Goalies don't get injured nearly as much as a d-man or a forward, so it's a safer investment. If he can prove to be an elite goaltender during his entry contract, I'd give it to him.

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11-14-2006, 07:03 PM
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Definetly Mike Komisarek. He'll only get better. Defencemen often hit their peak between 28 and 32. (no Niinimaa jokes please)

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11-14-2006, 07:07 PM
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Bob Gainey.

Signing a player for 15 years is not good for the player or the team
Potentially kills the cap
Destroys the ability of a team to motivate the player

I guess the only way it would work is if the contract was super low and it just was very incentive laden.

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Without any doubt Komisarek. D-men are definitely a better "long-term" investment , they generally have longer careers than forwards.
As much as I like Higgins I think Komi is the better choice over a 15 year period.

Having said that, I wouldn't sign anyone to a 15 year deal in this new NHL unless it was Crosby for 15 years at 1 million (or anything similar, which obviously would never happen)

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Bob Gainey.

Signing a player for 15 years is not good for the player or the team
Potentially kills the cap
Destroys the ability of a team to motivate the player
I guess the only way it would work is if the contract was super low and it just was very incentive laden.
I totally agree with you.

But...if we were forced to sign 2 players for 5 year contracts...for me it would be (without a doubt):
Komisarek
Higgins



15 years...?!?!!! (I know...it was just a for fun thread!!). We don't have anything remotely close to a Wang in our organization!!
It's so ironic that after Milbury left (all the bad trades; Yashin 10 year contract ,etc...), Wang took over and handed Dipietro a 15 year contract. I still can't get over that!!

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11-14-2006, 07:56 PM
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Chris Higgins for now .

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Never been a fan of long term deals like this, but if I were forced to choose one it'd be tough between Komi and Higgins.

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15 years is pretty heavy, that means until their late 30s.

I wouldn't sign anyone to that, of course. But if I HAD to choose, I think Higgins is the safest bet because he's a smart player with speed. Those are the kind of players that have long, successful careers.

Komisarek would be my second choice. Especially the way he played last night!

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Komisarek all the way, he doesn't score that much to start with so we don't have to worry about his offense declining and as mentioned d-men get better with age. Higgens is talented and all but scorers hit slumps and can loose their touch around the net, not to say Komisarek would be flawless but i think he could be more useful in his declining years than Higgens if he potentially lost his speed or moves.

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No one, that would make me a crazy Wang!

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As someone mentioned earlier, it's very difficult to motivate someone if you guaranteed their salary for the next 15 years. Especially if the team isn't performing well.

I don't think I'd sign anyone on the Habs for a contract that long. Komi would be the best option, but that's a long time to sign a #3/4 defenseman for. I don't think I'd be willing to gamble on potential (otherwise I'd sign Price).

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Komisarek and Higgins, you just cant be wrong with those 2 guys, you know they will ever give their best cause they are pure competitors born..

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Lats & Komi

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15 years is a terribly long time

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Higgins and Komisarek

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Higgens for all the reasons mentioned above plus he's a die hard Habs fan his whole life, so why not make him a Hab player for his NHL life.

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theres not one player to sign that long any team thank u

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I can't decide between Komi and Higgins...so 7½ yrs for both

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Higgins for the Habs.

In the league only Crosby and Ovechkin.Thats it,not Rick Dipietro!!

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