posted by Alex @ 10:40 PM
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Not really. His age is what kept the money low. I wasn't surprised at all.
It's a fair price. You got me unduly excited with your teaser...I thought someone had finally signed Hasek.
How would you compare his contract to Hemsky's? They're the same age, seem to be progressing statistically at about the same rate through three seasons, but Hemsky's making nearly twice as much over the next two years (though J-Bo will almost certainly make that up and then some on his next contract).I'm surprised how little he got given some of the payouts that other players have received in arbitration (yes, I know Gomez and Briere have been around longer, but still).Also, how many teams this off-season have been able to lock up a top 4 defenseman for anything less than a 3 year committment at over 3 mil a year? If J-Bo keeps progressing, he's going to be one of the best deals in hockey these next two years. (He's already a better deal than Danny Markov).
You got me unduly excited with your teaser.Agreed.Hemsky gets paid $3.5 this year. Most of his money comes later, and I'm sure Bouwmeester will get more after two years. Bouwmeester isn't an offensive driver like Hemsky, either. And although the arbitrator can use Hemsky as a comparable, it has to be remembered that Hemsky didn't actually go to arbitration. He probably got paid more up front for avoiding it, but will likely lose out later by being under contract.
So is Hemsky actually the steal of the off-season? I think Patrick O'Sullivan could be a pretty big steal for the Kings over the long-term as well.
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