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A rebuttal to the Moose’s take on the Crawford deal
Not everyone is as negative about the Crawford deal as the writers here at Moose. Using my position at the NSA, I came across an unpublished article that was going to be posted by the noted hockey expert Tab Bamford. You know, a guy who is such a hockey expert, he attended the 2011 NHL Award Ceremony! That’s a pretty exclusive gig, one that is coveted by journalists across the country, so paying to see some of the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” give out an award proves your bona fides.
Without further ado, here is a very solid argument on why the Crawford deal is a good one.
Crawford’s Deal is Amaze-balls
Byline: Tab Bamford
Once again, the haters are out, going after the organization that they claim to love, but secretly want to fail. The source of their annoying angst this time? The Corey Crawford deal. The very reasonable deal that my BFF John “Never Lies” McDonough and my other BFF Stan “Tickles” Bowman signed Corey to is for 6 years, $36 million. Let’s compare that to some recent goalie deals and you’ll see why not only the haters need to stop hating, but is probably one of the three or four best deals in the history of the NHL, after only the Johnny Oduya deal, the Nick Leddy deal and Michael Frolik deal:
(1) Tukka Rasc. Tukka Rasc is the starting goaltender for the Boston Bruins. The Swedish born goaltender just signed an 8 year, $56 million deal with the Bruins after leading them to the Stanley Cup Finals. Notice how I said leading them to, not winning the. That’s right, the guy who couldn’t get his team to win the Championship Round, got two more years and $20 million more than Crawford! Holy mackerel! If you want to compare these two contracts, Crawford’s is amazing! He won the Stanley Cup and is taking a crazy hometown discount.
Remember, nothing else matters, not statistical comparisons, age, or previous play. Crawford won the Cup, Rasc, the Swedish goalie, did not. So Crawford deserves more money. So the Hawks probably saved like $3-4 million a year.
In fact, if you look at the goaltenders who stand to make more money to Corey in 2014, there’s a pretty obvious theme that shows Corey is better than any of them:
Pekka* Rinne $7 million
Tukka* Rasc $7 million
Henrik Lundqvist $6.8 million
Carey Price $6.5 Million
Cam Ward $6.3 Million
And how many Stanley Cup rings do these 5 goaltenders have between them? Zero. So Corey, at $6 million and two rings (one as a starter, the other as an African-American** Ace) is clearly a steal compared to these lamewads.
(2) Patrick Roy. Patrick Roy’s most recent contract (in 1999) was 4 years, $32 million. Some say that the man who was nicknamed Saint Paddy because he was one of the nicest people to ever play in the NHL and was known for being nice, was also an all time great goalie (I wasn’t that familiar with him but I looked him up on ESPN and they have him as really really really good). Before he signed that contract, Roy had only won 1 Stanley Cup in 15 years! Crawford has 1 in 3 years as a starter. If you factor in inflation, Crawford should be receiving about $31.6 million a year. So if you compare the two deals, that means the Hawks saved about $25 million a year! Holy Smokes!
MY BOYZ JOHNNY AND STAN ARE THE BESTEST EVAH!
HINSDALE CENTRAL RULEZ! ONLY THE ELITE PLAYED THERE!!
GO HAWKS! CHELSEA DAGGER 4LYFE!!!
MADHOUSE ON MADISON WILL ROCK YOU!!!!
*What’s with those Swedish goalies and their weird first names? They should name their kids good old American names, like Tab.
**I’m uncomfortable using the term “black”.
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