The Family Discount
Mirtle has posted a good one about the Sedins. He finishes with:
As for those contracts: Should Vancouver go on a run, the smart money’s on GM Mike Gillis ponying up to keep them in the fold. A tandem as good as the Sedins is tough to find, and the fact they’re underrated keeps their price more reasonable than it would otherwise be.
I’m not sure I agree that they are underrated, but the fact that they are a tandem will certainly keep their price more reasonable. It is one thing for a team to pony up $6-7 MM on a long term contract for a free agent, but its another to pay $13.5-$14 MM on a long term contract for two free agents. Particularly when everyone is running scared on league revenues and a falling salary cap. There aren’t that many teams able to make that kind of commitment and some of those teams aren’t willing.
The question is not really about what the Sedins are worth. In their case, it is more about what other teams are willing and able to pay. Both players want to stay in Vancouver and both want to play on a winner. Gillis wants them to stay, but why should he pay more than they can get elsewhere? Which good team can afford them? (Or even force the Canucks to pay them $6 MM?) I can’t see one. Would they be interested in losing in Toronto? I doubt it, and I suspect Burke would rather go for Bouwmeester and Hossa or Gaborik.
Never mind the hometown discount. How much is the family discount?