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Forum: Armchair-GMJul. 22, 2022 at 2:38 p.m.
Forum: Armchair-GMJun. 4, 2021 at 10:49 a.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Hammerwise</b></div><div>Oh yeah, I agree with that, its less about the expansion, all those players I listed are UFAs or RFAs. I know that Calvert and Saad are gone, as is probably a depth guy in expansion, but my point was that those four HUGE players are getting massive pay increases, and looking at the other players it becomes apparent that the window will be this season and the next 2. Look at the UFA/RFA in the next 2-3 years above. Its ghoing to take some real work to keep the 4 key pieces this year and have a deep club and still be able to look at 2 and then 3 years time.

My point is that the 4 key guys who are UFA/RFA this year are all underpaid AND the post is irrelevant if they dont win in this window. (Kind of like Philadelphia trumpeting that its one of the most winningest clubs of all time. Thats true, but so is the fact, they haven't won a cup in almost 50 years).</div></div>

Aside from Makar, I don't know if I agree on the "massive" pay increases. Sure, Landy and Grubauer are going to get raises, but they should be in the $3 million/year range from what they're making now. Makar's going to rake it in no matter what (bridge or long-term). Jost will get a raise, but it's not going to be $4 million, he's probably more in the $2 million x 2-3 year range considering this is his first year of decent production. Definitely going to take work to keep it together, but there's room there. And in two years time, EJ's deal expires and that money goes directly to Mackinnon's raise, so it's definitely possible.

As for relevancy, yeah, they need to make it to the finals this year. Anything less will be a failure, both in the team's eyes and the fan's. Just need to win one game in Vegas...