Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Market Value Set

A signing here in T.O. that may have set the value for two UFAs who I think the Oil will be looking to resign this summer.

Chad Kilger had found a home here in T.O. finally and had a decent season. He was one of few Leafs who played well from start to finish this season and he was rewarded with a three year deal worth 2.7 M yesterday.

Kilger is 29 years old. He scored 17 goals and 11 assists, was a minus 6 on the season and was durable, playing 79 games this season. While he generally played on the 3rd or 4th line he saw spot duty on the top two lines when needed. He killed penalties and saw a little bit of time on the power play as well. Despite the minus he definitely was a postive force in his own end.

Remind you of anyone?

Fernando Pisani is 29 years old. Entering action last night he had scored 18 goals and 17 assists, was a plus 4 on the season and had played 80 games. Other then their pedigrees I'd say these guys are like players.

I'm thinking Fernando's looking at @ 3 years @ 900K a year.

And I think Radek Dvorak (29 years old, 8 goals and 19 assists, minus 4, 64 games played) is looking at less then that.

I'm not a believer in pigeonholing players but I think these three are birds of a feather. Hard to believe based on Kilger's past but he has finally found his niche this year.

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