Filppula is not worth $5m, plain and simple. I don't think he's even worth $4m. You say Filppula contributes a lot; I disagree. I think he is far from an impact player, and he's invisible when he isn't producing. He fit best as a third-line center, and he wants to be paid like a first-line center.
So you're just refusing to address any of the arguments I make, and then just rehash what everyone already thinks anyway?
I don't want to pay him even $5m right now either because we can't know what player is going to show up. But if he is scoring 60-70 points, yeah, he's worth $5m. You can't tell me he's not. Filppula was 12th in even strength scoring in 11-12 (ahead of Datsyuk and Zetterberg) despite playing far less at even strength than anyone who scored as much as him at even strength and is one of the better defensive forwards in the league. If you told a GMs a player was going to have those kind of stats next year, he'd get 6 or 7 million. This is why I'd like to see him get a 2 year contract for around what me makes now to see if he can play at that level. If not, sign him for cheap or let him walk.
because he tries to pass the puck on a breakaway.
I'll paypal you $20 right now if you can find a video of one time he was on a breakaway and passed the puck.
And 66 points is a lot of points for someone who literally kills offense.
He failed because he's a worse version of everything we already have
So should our team only be Datsyuk and Zetterberg because everyone else is just a worse version of them (a hockey player)?
Edited by Z and D for the C, 21 June 2013 - 10:59 AM.