hek wrote:I think that ship has sailed, Foxy.
Probably. Sakic gets paid a lot of money though.
If the Blackhawks can spend upwards of $21M on Toews and Kane, I sure as hell don't want to hear this team be miserly when the prospects of having Duchene, Landeskog, O'Reilly and MacKinnon for under that amount is possible by virtue of Nate's ELC and overall group age. Take advantage of it and trade later
as needed. Other teams do it and manage to come out relatively unscathed; we should attempt the same. There's no CBA of doom on the horizon so I won't tolerate excuses from this front office. If O'Reilly is gone, it better be for an amazing return.
Dump Wilson using magic. Get rid of Briere with another fucking wasted 2nd rounder if needed. Just keep the forward core for another season or two at the very least.
Brain of J wrote:He would already be signed if that was the asking price. It sounds like negotiations start with 6.5M, and that's not even counting UFA years, where he will no doubt want more.
I think they want him signed for around or under $5.5M ala Landeskog. IIRC $5M was the rumored figure that the Avs think he's worth.
If they're looking for $6.75M in arbitration, I think $6-6.25M is realistically what they are hoping for. No need to pinch pennies now, we have some time and there's always the 10% summer overage allowance.