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Zemgus Girgensons signs 3 Year 2.2 M AAV Deal With Sabres

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One thing lost in the overpayment for Girgensons is the Sabres need to expose at least 2 veteran forwards in the Seattle draft.  This deal qualifies Girgensons to be the 2nd guy and there's no way he gets selected.  (They're likely going to take either Ullmark or whoever else not named Hutton he platoons with or a D.)

So the Sabres effectively have protected 11 skaters in the draft (the 7 & 3 they actually protect) plus Z.  And if Hall re-signs, bump that to 12.  Not bad for ~$500k of overpayment. 

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Was there a minimum Salary requirement for that? ^^^

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4 minutes ago, Taro T said:

One thing lost in the overpayment for Girgensons is the Sabres need to expose at least 2 veteran forwards in the Seattle draft.  This deal qualifies Girgensons to be the 2nd guy and there's no way he gets selected.  (They're likely going to take either Ullmark or whoever else not named Hutton he platoons with or a D.)

So the Sabres effectively have protected 11 skaters in the draft (the 7 & 3 they actually protect) plus Z.  And if Hall re-signs, bump that to 12.  Not bad for ~$500k of overpayment. 

 

1 minute ago, LGR4GM said:

Was there a minimum Salary requirement for that? ^^^

Interesting points. When is the expansion draft?

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2 minutes ago, LGR4GM said:

Was there a minimum Salary requirement for that? ^^^

No, there's a minimum experience level for that. But there's no way Seattle will take that contract unless Adams gives them something to do so.

1 minute ago, WildCard said:

 

Interesting points. When is the expansion draft?

Most likely a day or 2 before the entry draft.

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12 minutes ago, Taro T said:

One thing lost in the overpayment for Girgensons is the Sabres need to expose at least 2 veteran forwards in the Seattle draft.  This deal qualifies Girgensons to be the 2nd guy and there's no way he gets selected.  (They're likely going to take either Ullmark or whoever else not named Hutton he platoons with or a D.)

So the Sabres effectively have protected 11 skaters in the draft (the 7 & 3 they actually protect) plus Z.  And if Hall re-signs, bump that to 12.  Not bad for ~$500k of overpayment. 

4D chess. We can only hope to keep up.

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Day -1 of FA, I was ok with this deal.

 

Now that I've seen the market, this deal was absolutely terrible. If Larsson get's 1.4 on the open market, Girgensons wasn't seeing more than 1.5. 

 

We needed defensive forwards, so I'm glad they remembered that. This was an overpay though, for a decent 4th liner. Keeping Larsson at 1.4 over Girgensons at 2.2 would have me beyond excited about this team.

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8 hours ago, Gabrielor said:

Day -1 of FA, I was ok with this deal.

 

Now that I've seen the market, this deal was absolutely terrible. If Larsson get's 1.4 on the open market, Girgensons wasn't seeing more than 1.5. 

 

We needed defensive forwards, so I'm glad they remembered that. This was an overpay though, for a decent 4th liner. Keeping Larsson at 1.4 over Girgensons at 2.2 would have me beyond excited about this team.

You could also scratch your head and ask yourself if there is more to the story then...

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19 hours ago, Taro T said:

 

Adams said he likes all 4 of their centers, but never named the 4th C.  Have assumed it's Lazar, but maybe it's Girgensons.

I think it'll be Lazar too, and I'm not sure Lazar's aptitude as a left winger anyways, but Girgensons certainly provides an option, agree. 

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