UFA Offer- Martin Gelinas

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UFA Offer- Martin Gelinas

Post  Bostonoiler on Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:51 pm

Martin Gelinas (C-) - LW

The new Jersey Devils offer him a 1 year deal at .900M

- Would play with New Jersey this season
- Playing on a cup contender
- What the Devils need in terms of leadership
- Would wear the "A" for a proud team

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Re: UFA Offer- Martin Gelinas

Post  EstoWes on Sat Oct 04, 2008 11:06 pm

The Buffalo Sabres would like to offer Martin Gelinas:

A 1 year, 1.000M dollar contract.

This contract fits into our pay system because Paille, a LW who is more "skilled" and has still not entered his prime is earning 1.125M for 2 years.

Martin will be responsible to be a veteran presence in the locker room for our young players. Most importantly, he will be used in conjuction with Clarke McArthur and Drew Stafford as a mentor to them and a possible replacement for their line-up positions incase one of them does not play to an expected level, is scratched, gets injured, or is sent to the minors. Gelinas can replace McArthur on the LW or, since he is proficient at faceoffs, he can replace Mair or move to center if Stafford struggles and Mair is moved to RW. He will be the perfect utility.

His experience in the playoffs will also be an asset. We know he scored the series winning goal in each of the playoff series with the Flames in 2004 and also scored the GWG in Game 6 to send the Stanley Cup Final series to game 7.

We can win the cup this year, and with Martin's help, our chances are only greater.

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Re: UFA Offer- Martin Gelinas

Post  EstoWes on Sun Oct 05, 2008 7:51 pm

Bumping salary offered up to 1.125M for the year. We feel we're being unreasonable to pay Gelinas less than Paille after reviewing his "abilities."

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Re: UFA Offer- Martin Gelinas

Post  CliffCanuck on Sun Oct 05, 2008 11:06 pm

Martin has spent some time mulling over this decision. He is aware that this might be his last season in the league. His body is getting worn down and he just isn't the player he once was. He is looking now towards his life after hockey.

He accepts Buffalo's offer. This a very generous offer and almost a quarter of a million more than the other offer. This opportunity provides him a chance to extend his career while helping financially prepare for retirement.

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