I disagree with this common characterizaion of Upshall as a cap dump or a bad contract - Florida is a tight budget/salary team, which is the only reason I think a guy like Upshall could be available at a devaluation.
His 3.5 million cap hit is very reasonable for a guy who scores at a 20 to 30 goal pace throughout his career, and does a lot more than score. His downside is not his contract but his health - and when he's not healthy, his cap hit does not apply. He's a guy who could be a third piece in a deal but if playing could potentially be a serious impact roster player, particularly when you consider the types of players he could line up with as team-mates. Imo there are few better risks out there to take.
He has not once scored 20, let alone 30. The "potential/pace" argument gets old after a while. Upshall's 29 years old, and if the last 2 years are any indication, he is not trending in the right direction.
Edited by King of the ES, 13 December 2012 - 05:11 PM.