Re: Logan Couture signs 2 year/$5.75 mil extension
posted at 8/27/2011 2:10 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Logan Couture signs 2 year/$5.75 mil extension
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Logan Couture signs 2 year/$5.75 mil extension : The Bruins are at an advantage in my view. They say, "You have done well for parts of one season. We will pay you this." He says, "Now you can see what my real potential is. I want this." They say, "We'll pay you that when you do that. This is all we've seen, so this is all we're paying you."
Posted by Not-A-Shot[/QUOTE]
^This. Absolutely correct.
I'd like to Wade (no pun intended) into this arguement.
The fly in the ointment here is Wade Arnott. The cap system is the culprit and the CBA is the reason.
Unfortunately, it's not how it used to be anymore in the NHL or in Sport.
The ultimate bargaining tool now is timing. If your contract is expiring and you have arbitration rights, or becoming a RFA or UFA and you had a decent season - you win. Wade Arnott will milk this for all it is worth, he's proven it in the past with Kessel and Parise.
In my view, at this present time, Marchand fits somewhere between Teddy Purcell and Logan Couture, but not higher. However, Brad will have a better career than the other two and will be a multiple Stanley Cup winner.
In my opinion, you cannot break the bank for Brad, at this time. It will cause cap problems down the road without question. Until there is an offer sheet, Wade and Brad have nowhere to go.
Will an offer sheet come - I don't think so. Many teams are looking at Marchand from NAS's point of view. They know he has to be constantly reigned in and his party-hearty antics dampen the picture even more.
Furthermore, Brad's productivity is tied to his position in the team's hierarcy. If he is at the bottom or in the middle - he will not get out of line and he will contribute (as we have seen). If he is at the top or near the top of the hierarchy - he will rub most of his teammates the wrong way, and will not have a chance of producing like he should (look no further than Providence for evidence of this).