There is much laughing at Kopecky's contract, and yet...
Kopecky's deal is notably better than Valtteri Filppula's contract was at the time it was signed. Filppula's deal would be around $4.4m if it were signed this year. He played around 40% of his time with Datsyuk in Datsyuk's best offensive year. Outside of Datsyuk's intrusion, his linemates varied between Cleary, Hudler, Homer. Samuelsson, and Franzen. Flip was, at the time, worse defensively than Kopy is now and relied more heavily on his linemates for offense.
I would probably only have gone maybe to $2.5, but $3 is reasonable given his versatility and production. Realize this; he'd probably get more in arbitration.
Oh yes, that $500K is breaking the bank for the Jaguars... I mean, Panthers, I mean... Devi.. I mean, Ra... oh wait...
I'll just let this link speak for itself...
You'd save a lot more effort, Eva, if you just put "Filppula sucks, Hudler is god" in your signature
Might as well. Where we agree Eva. We disagree. Love ya, bro!
Considering you'd probably pay $5 million for Hudler, I'm not surprised.
Really? ...wouldn't you pay $2.5 for an enforcer GMR. LOVE YA, BRO!
Kopecky at 3mil a season really isn't that bad of a deal. He has a couple rings and is a big body and can put up points and is above average defensively. I still laugh every time I see his name and think of how terrible he is/was, though. he's the product of playing with Hossa and Sharp, but he can easily be a good player on a 3rd line and he's going to get a buttload of time on the Jacksonville Jaguars this season.