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View Poll Results: Would you rather have Barker at $3m or Martin at $5.5m?
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06-09-2010, 11:47 AM
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6/9 Discussion - Cam Barker v. Paul Martin

Would you rather have Cam Barker at a $3.08 million cap hit for the next two years or sign Paul Martin in free agency for a $5.5 million cap hit?

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That's too much for Martin, but I'd take him and the cap hit anyway. At least he can make a positive difference on both ends.

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Good question.

I like Martin a lot as a player but at the same time I think he's going to get more money than he's actually worth on the FA market. And $5.5 is just too much.

It's going to be a similar situation to the Wild signing Kim Johnsson to his deal. You're going to like the guy a lot as a reliable defenseman but for the money he's going to be signed at, it's going to leave you wanting more from him on the offensive side of the game. Personally, if I'm going to sign a defenseman to that type of contract, I want him to be able to chip in offensively on a fairly consistant basis in addition to playing a sound defensive game.

(If you actually compare both Johnsson and Martin, their games and scary similar.)

As for Barker, I'm just at the point where I don't know what we have in him yet. I'm willing to give him a good portion of next year to see what he can really bring. But at this point, there's not a whole lot to be excited about. Hopefully they can find a role for him to play effectively. I'd like to see a little more PP time but with Zidlicky and Burns in the mix, it may be tough for him to fit in much.

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(If you actually compare both Johnsson and Martin, their games and scary similar.)
Yeah, but Martin is a Minnesotan. Bonus points. The Wild should overpay!

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Yeah, but Martin is a Minnesotan. Bonus points. The Wild should overpay!
Hey, it only took three posts!

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Hey, it only took three posts!
Just getting it out of the way.

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I don't like 5.5 million, but i'd say Martin is worth 2 million more per than Cam.

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Yeah, but Martin is a Minnesotan. Bonus points. The Wild should overpay!
Well, Kim Johnsson is of Scandinavian descent. So, brownie points for him as well...

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Well, Kim Johnsson is of Scandinavian descent. So, brownie points for him as well...
Yes, but not nearly as many as Martin!

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Yes, but not nearly as many as Martin!
Martin played for the Gophers. Subtract 50 brownies.

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I don't like 5.5 million, but i'd say Martin is worth 2 million more per than Cam.
I came up with $5.5 million because that's what I envision Martin getting in free agency.

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Martin played for the Gophers. Subtract 50 brownies.
That's okay. He has a lifetime supply of brownies after winning a national championship.

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Paul Martin is a good player, but not 5.5mil good.

Cam Barker is a good player, and he is 3.08mil good.

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One is a legit top-pairing d-man, the other is an overhyped bust.

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i like martin and i'm very on-the-fence about Barker, but I'd pick barker. If we hadn't overpaid Zidlicky so grossly I wouldn't mind the swap, but IMO the difference in Barker and Martin's salaries would go further spent on a top six forward.

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