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What About = T.J. Oshie of STL., Evander Kane of WIN

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#21 VM1138



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Posted 05 June 2012 - 08:36 AM

Would love either one of them if we can't land Suter or Parise, but I think they'd be far too difficult and too expensive to get.
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Posted 06 June 2012 - 12:11 AM

The problem with RFAs, assuming one actually worth signing, is that you have to overpay pretty significantly to get them, then also have to pay the compensation picks.

The Jets gave $4.4M to Ladd, 5.2M to Buffy, and they still need to spend $17.5M just to get to the cap floor (assuming the $70M cap stays). Maybe in wet-dream-land they'd let a not-quite-21 y.o. 30-goal scorer walk for that price, but realistically you'd probably have to offer up around $6M before they'd even think about not matching. At that, you're risking paying a guy a lot more than he's worth if he stagnates or backslides, as well as giving up a 1st (possibly even two!), a 2nd, and a 3rd.

Same for any RFA really. You get them to sign at a fair price, the team that owns them will just match it. You're just doing their negotiating for them.

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