Sunday, June 24, 2007

Giguere, Horton hit $24-million jackpot

On the Thursday signings: Four years and $24-million for Jean-Sebastien Giguere, six years at that same figure for Nathan Horton.

At age 30 and just coming off a championship, Giguere could have commanded a bigger deal on the open market, both in the sense of term and dollar value, but he predictably stayed with what has worked over the past six seasons in Orange County.

And Horton? He’s the future in Florida, a big kid who managed 31 goals as a 21-year-old on a crummy team and could just be one of the league’s most underrated players. He’d be a household name already if he played for a Canadian franchise.

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At 11:35 a.m., June 25, 2007, Anonymous Matt Gunn said...

I agree, Giguere could have made more on the free agent market, but I commend him for staying (after all, he's still making $6 million a year). It seems in the past, when big name goalies have left a team where they've been successful, and moved somewhere else for big dollars, they are never quite the same.

Khabibulin and Gerber come to mind, as most recent examples.

James, do you think Horton signed for a lot less than his worth? I would have expected him to sign a three year contract for roughly the same number, and then eventually sign an even larger deal once it expires.

In six years, Nathan Horton at $4 million is going to look like the best bargain in the NHL.


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