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What To Pay RFA-To-Be Erik Karlsson?

from Ken Warren of Senators Extra,

Erik Karlsson is going to strike it rich this summer, whether he wins the Norris Trophy as the National Hockey League’s top defenceman or not.

Here are a few words of caution, though, for those asking Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray to lock him up to a contract for the next decade or so: Alexei Yashin, Rick DiPietro, Vincent Lecavalier. Scott Gomez, Shawn Horcoff, Chris Pronger, James Wisniewski.

Almost every organization that has been handicapped by an endless contract or two. There’s a book in there somewhere, a story of busts and buyouts and broken bones that never mended properly. Teams have been forced to lick their wounds – few are in the position of the New York Rangers, who have buried Wade Redden and his colossal contract in the minors – while the money burns.


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Da lil Guy's avatar

There’s no question that Karlsson is going to get paid this off-season.

The best argument against signing him for a decade, though, is likely that he still has a fairly long way to go before he will become a UFA. The team will likely sign him until his one of his last years of RFA elligibility (a 3-5 year term) to ensure that when the contract he signs this summer ends, they’ll stil have the ability to negotiate with him exclusively.

Of course, that assumes there will be some certainty about how the new CBA will work.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 03/01/12 at 01:01 PM ET

TheFreak's avatar

Add Johan Franzen to that list? smile

Posted by TheFreak on 03/01/12 at 01:07 PM ET

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