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Gorges signs for 1yr $2.5M

  • The headline says it all. Josh Gorges has signed a 1 year deal worth $2.5M. There has already been much debate on the usual Habs sites about what this ‘means’. To me it is very simple. The sides codnt agree on a long term deal and thus split the difference on a one year deal which will allow Josh to become a UFA next season. To me this is no big deal. Tomas Plekanec went through almost the exact same thing and was able to play his way into a fat long term deal that works for both the team and the player. Josh’s ah last season certainly didn’t warrant a high-value contract over a long term. Now he has an opportunity to make some serious cash if he can stay healthy and progress as a defenseman.
    From the Habs perspective this is a great scenario. Either gorges becomes an impact player ala Plekanec and is rewarded with lucrative contract, or he stumbles and PG avoids over paying to the tune of 5 years for a guy who didn’t prove himself worth the gamble. As a GM you won’t mind paying a guy who provides value for the money – and I think that’s exactly what Gauthier is looking for.

  1. #1 Senet1 says:
    July 23, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Matts that is exactly what I was thinking. Gorges did not play well before his injury. Perhaps it had something to do with the injury? But this give the HABS time to figure it out and Gorges time to prove something. It also gives two young draft picks another year to develop and if they progress far enough at least one of them could be ready for next year. With Spacek gone by at least next year we have close to another 4M to spread around our defence that will the possibility that Gill will not be back next year. All of a sudden our defence just got a lot younger bigger and more skilled.

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