03 March 2010
The Wolski trade reminds me a lot of the Alex Tanguay deal. With Tanguay's contract up, he was poised to make around $5M (through arbitration), starting in 2007-08. The Avs felt (rightly, history proves) that Tanguay wasn't worth that and so they sent him to Calgary for Jordan Leopold and two 2nd round picks (Codey Burki and Trevor Cann). Tanguay signed a 3 yr / $5+M deal that also included a no-trade clause.
Unfortunately, the return Colorado got for Tanguay didn't work out well - Leopold was on IR more than he was on the ice and Burki and Cann have never seen an NHL game action, but that doesn't change that the idea that "we shouldn't overpay for Tangs and instead trade him" was a justified one.
With the NHL's arbitration process, Wolski is due to make around $4M next season (he is making $3M this season). That's too much for a guy who only had 9 points / 2 goals over your last 20 games playing every night on your top line.
1. If you don't believe Wolski is worth $4M, then you shouldn't pay him that. That's just common sense. In the salary cap NHL, you have to be smart with your money - decisions you make today and kill you in a year or two. (Just ask Edmonton.)
2. There are very significant RFAs who are due for significant raises during the 2010 off season:
- Kyle Quincey ($550K)
- Chris Stewart ($850K)
- Brandon Yip ($575K)
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