Sigh.. and he doesn't do that every year because he's only played one full season in 12 FLIPPIN YEARS.. Hansen, Raymond and Higgins all have just about the same goal totals for a fraction of the cost and a lot more reliability both health wise and defensively. We already Have serious injury and reliability issues in our top 6 with kesler and booth. Gaborik may be a great player.. but if you can't depend on him to be there its a waste of 7 million dollars. The risk to reward is not tOhere when more reliable players are producing at the same pace. The teams money and cap is better spent elsewhere.
And why oh why would NY take injured booth at 4 mill long term and scratched ballard at 4 mill long term, neither of which have been producing when the only reason to get rid of gaborik is his lack of production, salary and health
Ok.... Now you are talking about 3 completely different types of players all together. Higgins and Hansen.... Love their meat n potato's work ethics but my gawd..... Hansen on a break away or penalty shot attempt is a complete waste of a break away or penalty shot attempt. I was waiting for Howard to pump 5 push-ups after Hansens attempt. He has the same low wrister everytime. Higgins and Handen are both muckers and 3rd liners at best and will never compare to Gaborik just for those reasons. Raymond is comparable inly for the fact he can skate like the wind. He still brings it up ice and when he actually gets it into the offensive zone, is like a deer in headlights as to what to do with it. Btw....i am also curious as to what MayRay will command come july 1st.
Also for the record..... All above mentioned players are close to the same age as Gaborik..... And none still hold his jock strap when it comes to what he gets paid to do.
You made a point that you rather pay 2 players 3-4 mil each for what Gaborik does. What you are missing is what would it hurt to have Gaborik instead of 2 yanks making 4.2 each and are complete non factors on this team.
Once again after 3 times explaining this to you.....
The starting proposal for this threat was Ballard/Booth and high pick for Gaborik.
Doesnt mean this is a done deal by far..... Am sure Slats asks for alot different players then these 2 who are still in the books for 2-3 years after this..... Gaborik is still with us for 1 more year
Edited by missioncanucksfan, 17 March 2013 - 12:01 PM.