If he goes to the KHL and is among the best on the team and then has a big Olympics, teams will notice.
pokerandpucks wrote:I laugh at some of the Holland Slappies on other boards. When he game Helm that deal they argued that he was worth it based on his speed alone. Now Holland is smart for not overpaying a guy because he's fast
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aTTicA wrote:Between Khs initial offer and blashills tendency to bench him youd have to imagine the wings dont think very much of him. This is a team that paid drew miller 1.2 mil, glendenning 1.7 mil, tootoo 2.4 mil (and almost immediately sent him to the ahl. And they are offering aa 1.2 mil? Im intentionally leaving out some of the higher value contract fuckups (abby, helm, nielsen, ericsson, DDk). AA to me is one of a handful of players on this roster and in our system that has star potential. I dont know that he will get there, but at the very least hes already shown he can put up points in limited minutes with shitty linemates. ITs deeply concerning that this is the guy they squeeze, especially over a relatively small amount of money.
The article indicates the russian offers are between 2.5 and 3 mil. Thats a difference of about 6-700K- 1ish mil. This is the guy id throw the 5 year @2.5-3 mil at. It doesnt matter that he doesnt have much leverage. Even if he stays as is and just gets into all the games hes probably a 20-20 winger who can use his explosive speed to shift momentum in the snap of a finger. Thats worth the 2.5 easily. IF he puts a few things together, hed be a steal.
MY feeling is that if he was going to russia he would be there already. Their season is already underway, and even if he was offered 3 mil, how much is he going to lose if he misses the first 10 or so games? Then there is packing up your shit and spending a year in russia away from friends and family etc. And if iirc their contracts arent guaranteed. So in the end im betting he will stay, but imo Not giving hi ma better deal with more term now is going to bite us in the ass later.
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