Goon2 wrote: 2. The underlying problem signing him to a 1.9MM contract this year is what are you going to pay him next year? Because unless he triples his output and throws up 35 goals as the Twins Bouncee, he won't be worth 1.9MM. Does anyone think he's going to take a pay cut in 2007-08? Of course not. If we actually match the offer, there is no way he'll be around for next year. So then why would we overpay for him now?
If he doesn't improve significantly this year, then the Canucks can take him to arbitration. I think all the players know that he benefitted from a wild poaching attempt this year and his salary can be brought back in line next year if neccessary. The players also realize that this type of action will make RFA negotiations a little more favorable for the players. I don't think their will be any backlash against Kesler if we keep him.