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Friesen, White stick with Devils

http://www.bergenrecord.com/page.php?qstr=...2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk2

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

By TOM GULITTI

STAFF WRITER

Devils' left wing Jeff Friesen and defenseman Colin White passed on their opportunities to file for arbitration Tuesday, agreeing to new contracts with the team.

Friesen, who will turn 27 next month, accepted the Devils' one-year, $3 million qualifying offer. White, 25, agreed to a multiyear deal. Terms were not immediately available, but it is believed to be an upgrade from the one-year, $825,000 qualifying offer he received June 30.

Both players had until midnight Tuesday to file for arbitration.

Friesen finished second on the Devils during the regular season with 23 goals. He became a hero by scoring 10 playoff goals, including four game-winners, during the team's run to the Stanley Cup. His biggest goal was the game-winner in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals in Ottawa.

White also had a solid year, solidifying his position as one of the team's top four defensemen. He had five goals, eight assists, and a plus-19 rating in 72 regular-season games. He played in all 24 of the Devils' postseason contests, registering five assists and a plus-3 rating.

DEVILS BRIEFS: The Devils have also signed prospects Matt DeMarchi, a defenseman, and forwards Ahren Nittel, Thomas Pihlman, Ilkka Pikkarainen, and Aleksander Suglobov to entry-level contracts. ... The team will host a cyberchat with retired defenseman Ken Daneyko at 11 a.m. today on newjerseydevils.com.

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Good news for sure. Didn't expect Friesen to go for arbitration, but I had no clue what White would do. How many years do you think he's inked for?

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Why is it some dumbass thing like Pens sign 6th rounder makes international headlines and NO WHERE does it say Devils re-sign Friesen and White? This should be news! I mean Red Wings Prospect Wipes Squirt Off Left Buttcheek makes headlines sooner! :angry:

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lol, Pk you are a riot. This is great news. It was important to get this guys signed. We need to keep these pieces together.

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Why is it some dumbass thing like Pens sign 6th rounder makes international headlines and NO WHERE does it say Devils re-sign Friesen and White? This should be news! I mean Red Wings Prospect Wipes Squirt Off Left Buttcheek makes headlines sooner! :angry:

Didn't you hear? Prospect squirts are the latest fad! :D

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Great news that these guys will be here - and happy - for a couple of more years.

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I hope Friesen has another good year as well as Langenbrunner (and all the Devs!)

Btw, happy birthday Claude!! deg.gif

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Is DeMArchi a possible 6th dman for the DEVS or do we expect him to play w/ the rats???

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Only a one-year deal for Friesen? Hmm, an important year for him. If he has a solid year, I could easily see the Devils re-signing him. If not, I could see Lou wishing him well and letting some of the young guns on the rise take up after the CBA.... Personally, I'd rather have Friesen around for a few years, provided he doesn't become his Anaheim self.

DeMarchi should be a rat, maybe will see one or two NHL games this year. I expect Hale and Giroux to be the rookies that see a lot of time, but I really think Lou will land someone else to balance it all out.

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El Chico was a little surprised no Devil filed for arbitration but after all, they find themselves in a good situation on a team that just won the Cup and we all know you don't want to be on Lou's bad side. El Chico wishes Freeze could have gotten more than a one year deal but at least White is locked up long term and he can further improve and develop.

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When a RFA like White gets a "multi-year" deal its normally 2, 3 tops.

He made 825K last year, I imagine he got 2 for 3, or 3 for 4.5.

Poti, two years ago made 925K, went to arbitration last year and got 1.8, so no way could White come in too far below that number.

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I don't know the total contract value, but the first year is supposedly $2,250,000.

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Really? Then I guess that 1.5 avg number is way off.

Maybe he got 1.75 per.

WOW, that's a nice contract for Colin.

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Really? Then I guess that 1.5 avg number is way off.

Maybe he got 1.75 per.

WOW, that's a nice contract for Colin.

How do you figure an average of 1.75 if he's making 2.25 the first year of a possible 3 year? Makes even less sense if it's 2 years. I might be misunderstanding you too... :D

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If he is getting 2.25 in year 1, I am assuming the deal is front-loaded.

Makes sense for several reasons.

1) If 2004-2005 doesn't get played, or even a portion there-of, players don't get paid, so its natural for players to insist on front-loaded deals.

2) If 2004-2005 does get played depending on how contracts will be counted it makes sense for the team to front-load. Say I sign you to a 2 year 6 million deal, 4 in yr 1, 2 in year 2. The most that yr 2 can be counted at is 3 mil (the avg), however there is a chance that year might only count for cap or tax purposes as 2 million.

3) I do not believe that Colin White got a deal for 2.25 annually, perhaps but Lou doesn't normally go that high with a no leverage RFA. Clearly with that first year number its probably higher than 1.5 per, so 1.75 was the next guess.

Also, although things might change, for FA's like White they only need to be qualified at 110% of the avg sal if they are under the avg. If White signed for 2.25 then 750K for two years, in 2005-2006 the Devils could in theory qualify him at 825. No agent would take that kind of gamble. Like I said things will change, but the risk of an 825K qualifier with no leverage is not smart business.

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If the first year is 2,25, I don't think the Devils can pay him below that in subsequent years.. unless it's paid as a bonus of some kind. I would think the CBA would prevent such frontloading of contracts.

If Lou did frontload it, it's a strange move and suggests to me that A: Nieuwendyk will not be back and B: Lou has a plan for dealing with this deferred money that Stevens and Brodeur will be receiving.

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Players receive front-loaded deals all the time. Just about every UFA gets one, I would imagine it works the same for RFA's.

The only examples I can come up with off the top of my head are Rangers examples...

When the Rangers got Nedved from Pitt he signed a 3 for 10. 2 in year one, 4 in year two, 4 in the final year. When it came time for Slats to qualify him a few years ago when he was Group II he had to do so @4, not the avg of the contract.

If the numbers went the other way, 4, 4, 2 it would work the same.

If he didn't front-load the deal, and 2.25 is indeed the number in year 1, then the avg of his deal is (at least) 2.25 and I don't think any of us would believe that.

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UFAs get them all the time because often they will decline as the contract goes on. RFAs don't get them because I don't think it's legal based on the qualifying offer system.. Lou would get to qualify White at 1 million at the end of that, which would violate the at least the goal of the CBA.. I never see front-loaded RFA contracts, and I imagine it's for that reason.

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