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by Paul on 03/19/13 at 03:38 PM ET
from Bruce Dowbiggin at the Globe and Mail,
In short, there are no bargoons out there for talent as teams lock up everyone with a pulse. The inevitable result of the spending is repenting in misery over contracts that are virtually immovable in today’s market where clubs will be forced down to a $64.3 million salary cap next fall.
The following players have real value as players but a price tag that would scare off even Georges St. Pierre. Call them the sin in haste, repent at leisure contracts.
Brian Campbell, Florida ($7.1-million cap hit till 2016)
There are many teams who covet the slick defenceman now rotting on the Florida Panthers’ beach. With passing D men for the power play the scarcest commodity to uncover in the NHL, Campbell could make a team a Cup contender. But who wants this salary anchor? Only the brave will venture here. Besides, GM Dale Tallon needs Campbell’s contract to reach the salary floor.
Jay Bouwmeester, Calgary ($6.63-million cap hit till 2014)
The man who has never played in the postseason in either the NHL or CHL has played better this year. He is a minute muncher. But for a defenceman to carry that salary he has to be a power play producer. In Calgary, at least, JayBo has fizzled on the scoring side.
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