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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Dipietro gets 15 years (by my math, about the lifespan of 23 GMs) and other news

(Alternate title: Longing for the days of rational Yashin contracts)

Well, apparently Charles Wang couldn’t stand sharing the “Joke of the Offseason” award with the Florida Panthers, so he went and raised the stakes. Rick Dipietro, who I assume will have his number retired soon, has signed a no-I’m-not-kidding 15-year contract at $4.5 M per year.

Despite the fact that this is entirely Wang’s agenda, I still encourage all readers to devote a night and a bottle of their favorite liquor for an impassioned e-plea to new-GM Garth Snow, who already is the second-shortest-tenured GM in NYI history. Even though this is (and forever will be) Wang’s beast on the isle, Snow still is the GM and should answer for this lunacy or make-like-Lafontaine and resign. Plus he gave out his email address, so he’s fair game.

James Mirtle (who’s a surprisingly strong fantasy drafter, by the way) writes a really good summary and points out that length aside, Dipietro is the wrong guy for a long-term deal. I’m going to take it a step further and just say that I think that goalie’s the wrong position to tie long-term money into.

Yes, goaltending is the single most important position on the ice in hockey, or at least close enough. However, when we talk about cap-limited-budgets, you must consider the marketplace of available talent. There are more than enough quality goaltenders to go around in this league; remember how hard Manny Legace had to work to find a place to play net? Recall how GMs in Buffalo, Anaheim, and San Jose have been trying to give goaltenders away?

Or look at the playoffs last year. Who were the big goaltenders? Cam Ward, Ilya Bryzgalov, Vesa Toskala, Ryan Miller, and (d’oh!) Jussi Markkanen weren’t the highest paid or the most experienced goaltender on their rosters. Goalies are breaking out all over the place, baby!

TSN quotes an eastern GM who I agree with. He points out,

''Let's just say DiPietro takes off and he becomes a star and a top-five goalie and you have to pay him $7 million a year. Let him go to another team if you can't afford him because you can get a pretty damn good goalie at $4 million every year.”
Silly Islanders, you’ve tied your own hands for the next fifteen years on a plentiful asset with questionable shelf life.

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Oh, and in BIGGER news (if you can believe it), ol’ Bobby Clarke tried to pull a fast one on newbie Dave Nonis and sign Ryan Kesler for a one-year $1.9 M contract, forcing Vancouver to pay more than they preferred for the young center. Had the RFA larceny been successful, the cost to Philadelphia would have been one lousy second-round pick.

While this is a bit humorous in that I don’t particularly care about the specific player or the teams, it certainly is a disturbing omen of things to come. This ability for RFAs to gain leverage in holding out will certainly make it more expensive to hold young talent.

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Oh, and the third biggest news was that another offseason question of mine was answered—what would Joffrey Lupul sign for? Answer: Lupul signed a 3-year deal averaging at $2.31 M.

A little steep, but not terrible. Maybe if he skated harder I’d throw in another dozen years.

7 comments:

joninabox said...

It's hard to argue that Lupul's deal is a little steep, at least right now. As he'll only make 1.5 mill next season. Sure, the cap hit is 2.31, but the Oilers are more concerned with their internal cap than the league mandated one. Seems like a fairly shrewd deal if Lupul can manage 25, 30, and 35 goals in the next 3 seasons, respectively. If he scores more, then it makes KLowe look like wiz GM, again.

Hodge said...

While this is a bit humorous in that I don’t particularly care about the specific player or the teams.

That hurts, Earl.

James Mirtle said...

Surprisingly?

reality check said...

Clarke has opened a can of beans here. Er, make that worms! Gotta wonder what Nonis will be thinking when Jeff Carter and Mike Richards hit RFA status.

God bless Wang! He's given every hockey blogger a weeks worths of material.

Earl Sleek said...

Surprisingly?

Well, let's just say that I was surprised that you joined me in the systematic ignoring of defensemen. We shall see how that strategy works out, but I suspect it will be pretty good.

Sedin-Sedin I think is a real steal.

It was a tough draft league, so nice work.

James Mirtle said...

It was, although it would have been remarkably better had everyone showed up. Why so many people sign up for those things and ignore them is beyond me.

Everyone underrates the Sedins every year, but this year in particular, who else will Vancouver put on the power play? It's going to be Sedin-Sedin-Naslund, as far as I'm concerned, and the twins could both hit 80 points.

They are still only 25.

zanstorm said...

Well at least Mirtle is supporting the Sedins, and he has a point. There is no Crawford there to give the Naslund Bert Morrison line the first dibs in pp icetime. The Sedins better step up to the plate right away.

I don't blame Clarke. Yeah it sets a precedent, but fuck it. It's business.