Because Sather is a moron and Burke walks on water.Is that the answer you were looking for?
There is a thing in the CBA called an entry level system. Players at certain ages fall under that system
18-21 sign 3 year deals
22-23 sign 2 year deals
24 sign 1 year deals
Gilroy was not subject to that system thus he was able to get more guaranteed money while the Swedish goalie signed a 1 year ELC.
FYI,Gilroy was the most coveted college/european free agent this spring/summer. Burke saw him play many times at BU. Burke offered a similar contract to the Rangers but didn't offer a one way deal. ELC's are two way deals. Everyone thought Gilroy was going to be a Leaf.
Gilroy got 2 years/$3.5 million.
09-10-$1.4 million($250,000 signing bonus and $1.15 million salary)
10-11-$2.1 million salary
From all accounts Gustavson is a much better prospect playing in the second best league in the world and plays the most important position on the ice.
Gilroy is old (in terms of being a prospect) and projects to be probably a second or third pairing dman.
Someone explain why Sather had to pay so much more than Burke. I am pretty sure that both guys were coveted.
Do you have any knowledge at all what goes on? There was about 4x as many teams interested in Gilroy as there was Gustavson..thats a start, run from there and do research.
Anyway, no reason for this thread. Search back and find a Gilroy thread to discuss this minor discussion.