Wednesday, July 30, 2008

How Much Are They Worth?


With Ville Koistinen's recent signing with the Predators, and Valtteri Filppula's signing with the Cup Champs today, there is only one more player that is required to go to arbitration. He has been subject to many trade rumors, and this could shape up to be a major move for the Ottawa Senators if they decide to move him. He is, Antione Vermette.

Antoine Vermette- Senators[Hearing set for July 31st]
The St-Agapit native had a very good year, improving his career high by 14 points. He had a 24 goals, 53 points season and had a +3 rating. Vermette was brilliant on the PK, scoring 3 goals and adding 3 assists. The 26 year old center can become one of the best two-way forward in the league. He has all the tools, speed, very good faceoff abilities, good vision and a good shot.

But the question is...how much this guy worth?
Antoine Vermette is a player you can use in every situation. He is very good in his own zone and he can win crucial faceoffs. This guy can play quality minutes on both the PK and the PP. This is why I think, he should earn an average of $3.75 million a season. Having a guy who can be effective in many aspects of the game is a key to success in the NHL.

Valtteri Filppula-Red Wings[Hearing set for August 1st]
**HE SIGNED A 5 YEARS,15 MILLIONS CONTRACT ON WEDNESDAY**
Finland has not produced a bunch of good young players in recent years, but Filppula is an exception. The young center more than doubled his last year's point production, during the 2007-2008 season. The Vantaa native notched 19 goals and added 17 assists in 78 games, and had an impressive +16 rating. Filppula is quite ready to have some top 6 minutes, he could breakout as soon as next season, as a 2nd line center.

But the question is...how much this guy worth?
The 24 year old Red Wing still needs to improve some assets in his play in order to become a second line player. He does have goal scoring potential, he is good in his defensive zone but next season will say a lot. I think it is too soon to give this guy a really long term contract worth big bucks. A 3 years, $2.5 millions a season looks alright (It was 5 years, $15 million) . If Filppula keeps improving and playing like he did last season, he will become an even more important player to his team. Expect him a regular and important member of the Finnish national hockey team soon.
- Analysis provided by Habs_Marc
- Edited by Brodes

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