Edler could, and should in today's market, touch on $5.5 and I would pay it. $7 mill and I would probably hold back and try and pay Weber $9. Given the choice I would also pay Weber...
See below for an explanation.
With the signing of Garrison at 4.6 mil, and Gillis stating that he had to fit into our internal cap structure, does that mean that no defenseman on this team will make more than that?
Will Edler be willing to take that amount if we sign him long term, or do we make a push for Weber instead, and sign him to a big contract?
I don't think our players would have a problem signing Weber to a big contract since he definitely is a top 5 defenseman in the league. But I wonder how they would feel about Edler making the 6-7 mil, that he could easily fetch on the open market.
I agree, he did have a good post. Some of MG's best decisions have been to let players walk (Mitchell the exception).
Of Erhoff, Salo & Ohlund, all were well used by our coaching for the talent they did offer. But each had limits. Yes Salo had a bomb, but that aside him and Ohlund were both good well rounded defenders. But neither was an elite offensive nor defensive talent. They had to be surrounded by guys that complimented them to make an effective pair. That was critical with Erhoff who was better offensively and moving the puck but at times was a liability physically and at the other end. None could offer the elite speed of a Karlsson or imposing physical size of a Pronger or Weber. They were simply not worth elite money, and when they got it elsewhere our money was better spent.
I do not believe Edler will touch on that truly elite level, or warrant an $80 million deal.
But I also believe he is certainly has the ability to be as good as Ohlund defensively (close to Hamhuis but... not quite) and is already better offensively. He could, and should in today's market, touch on $5.5 and I would pay it. $7 mill and I would probably hold back and try and pay Weber $9. Given the choice I would also pay Weber...
If Suter is worth over $7.5M per season, Weber could command as much as $9-10M per season. Unless the cap goes up drastically next year and we are parting ways with Ballard and Edler(you would also have to be assured that a prospect or two could step in at a lower cap hit)Vancouver wouldn't have the cap to sign a player like that.
Don't forget that there will be other players on the team to resign as well.
RBCanuck, take a longer look at what you just suggested?
Ten years x $7 mill = $70 mill. Suter just signed, for what, $98 million.
Suter IS worth more than Weber right? I'm definitely not hiring you as an agent if I'm a player.
(And Doughty just signed for that as a RFA over 6 years...)
I'm sure if MG had the opportunity to lock up Weber he would sign him to extremely front loaded deal that tapered off to a cap hit at around $6.5-7 for 10+ years.
Edited by Canuck Surfer, 04 July 2012 - 04:00 PM.