TSN is reporting that Nicklas Lidstrom is taking a 1.4 million dollar pay cut to stay with the Red Wings for one more year. This got me thinking. If Lidstom, arguably the best NHL defenseman to ever play the game, gives his team a home town discount, then I see no reason Sergei Gonchar can't do the same.
Do you wanna play for the Penguins? Well, you have to fit into THEIR budget (in a way that let's them ice a competitive team). Sure you could argue that Lidstrom has made more money in his career and that The Gonchars enjoy Florida but it's not like Gonch has been underpaid throughout his career and would YOU wanna play for the Panthers right now? All these points are rendered moot when you consider that it's a reciprocal courtship (he wants to stay and the Pens prefer to keep him) because if Gonchar does bolt this summer to some greener pastures, it will as a result of GREED and nothing else.
In conclusion, I guess what I'm saying is that I do want Sergei Gonchar back next year but at the PENS PRICE, not his. If that's not possible then; thanks for everyhting Mr. Gonchar and good luck . Wouldn't you agree?