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06-24-2004, 10:44 AM
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Regier said impending UFA blueliner Alexei Zhitnik will test the UFA market, while centre Tim Connolly, who been suffering the effects of post-concussion syndrome, might not receive a qualifying offer, which will make him a UFA.

According to Spector's, Connolly may become a free agent. I would love to see the Oilers take a chance on him, he should be cheap considering he is suffering from post concussion. Make it incentive laden, Edmonton should interest him because he would be given every opportunity to live up to his hype.

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Much as I like Connolly's potential based on undeniable talent, even pre-concussion he was sending Sabres fans to the brink of insanity with his inconsistency and unwillingness to play in traffic. I guess Lowe would have to be convinced that Connolly was capable of evolving beyond these issues. Almost as importantly, how many players have come back from season-long concussions? Afinogenov comes to mind, but on the other hand, there are Devereux, Lindros(es), and Kariya types, who are never really the same after a nasty knock to the noggin.

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The only problem with Connolly is the fact that he can't be insured for the contract you sign him too.

Meaning if you sign him and he never plays, you are stuck with the bill. He wouldn't be a bad gamble, but I wouldn't toss anything more than a base salary of $750k at him, and maybe some bonuses to put him around $2mil (games played and points and that).

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The only problem with Connolly is the fact that he can't be insured for the contract you sign him too.

Meaning if you sign him and he never plays, you are stuck with the bill. He wouldn't be a bad gamble, but I wouldn't toss anything more than a base salary of $750k at him, and maybe some bonuses to put him around $2mil (games played and points and that).

Wooo really? I didn't know that. I was all over the Connolly idea a week or two ago. I still think he maybe worth a shot but agree with dawg. 750K max... he has to prove he can play again

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Wooo really? I didn't know that. I was all over the Connolly idea a week or two ago. I still think he maybe worth a shot but agree with dawg. 750K max... he has to prove he can play again
Let's put it this way... if you are an insurance company, would you take this risk?

He's already missed a year because of his concussions... if you could get him insured, the premiums would have to be through the roof, essentially to the point where it's a no-risk venture for the insurance company.

They are in the business to make money, and Connelly isn't a very good business decision, from an insurance standpoint.

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The only problem with Connolly is the fact that he can't be insured for the contract you sign him too.

Meaning if you sign him and he never plays, you are stuck with the bill. He wouldn't be a bad gamble, but I wouldn't toss anything more than a base salary of $750k at him, and maybe some bonuses to put him around $2mil (games played and points and that).
I was hot on this idea last year, and now am very skeptical. I would even go further and say $500,000 base and bonuses to take him up to $1.25M (I think about what he makes now). Like Bohogolo said, it wasn't exactly like he was lighting it up before the concussions & I don't know that anyone would give him potentially $2.5M at his age/experience level.

I don't think he'll get a ton of offers from other teams either, so $500k might do it. If the Oilers could get him at that price, it might be worth the gamble, because he's a second line centre type and if he's not playing he won't be taking up a roster spot (because he'll be on the IR).

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