tmash Posted June 11, 2007 Report Share Posted June 11, 2007 Just as a FYI, I originally took 3 defensemen who were all scheduled to become UFAs who all chose to re-sign with their respective teams a few weeks before Markov signed with the Habs, not wanting to compare apples with oranges with players who signed last year in a different market all together. Whether you guys want to admit it or not, it's a fair comparaison as it related to the same variables of time, position, situation and salaries. Not picking to prove my point, simply making my point with those variables. Wait who's comparing apples and oranges here? I'm talking about market value, how can you determine this by looking at players who NEVER HIT THE MARKET. Looking at last offseason is the best indicator we can use. And it may have been a different market, but it is probably going to be even better for UFAs this year: there is a very low supply of quality players and I see no reason to think that dmen are less important to GMs, if anything they are probably more. Phillips and Brewer aren't even similar players, Salo gave his team a good deal. Even if they all were the exact same as Markov, that still wouldn't show market value, that just shows that teams are willing to stay for less than market value. The only way to figure out market value is look at UFA bidding, and that's what I'm doing looking at last years UFAs. Then let him walk instead of overpaying. Haven't we learned anything from the Theodore, Kovalev and Samsonov situations, all of which seemed like a good idea at the time? Why to we need to keep gambling like that? Brian Burke doesn't! What about Koivu? I'm glad we overpaid for him. How about Huet? We paid a bit much for a guy who has never played more than like 40 games, but I have no problem with it. Bonk? I always thought his salary was a bit high, but I'd sure miss not having him here. And Brian Burke is going to overpay someone this summer, I can't see how he doesn't unless Selanee decides not to retire and takes a huge pay cut to stay in Anaheim. Besides, for Pronger, Burke overpaid (at the time - not with hindsight) for Pronger in terms of picks and prospects, and he took a gamble on Selanee. Gainey doesn't appear to be willing to do either of these things. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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