Well, yeah but there are obviously varying levels of getting overpaid.
I don't think Clarkson is a good comparison to Stastny because he "grit" and "work ethic" that GMs seem to love. Obviously PS is 10x the player Clarkson is and will be getting paid probably north of 7 mill AAV. I think Bettman said the cap will be somewhere around 69-70 million, with a lot of $ coming off the books with Brodeur and hopefully one of Salvador and Volchenkov, Devils can easily use that money to throw at Stastny. I wouldn't mind if Lou gave him 7/55.
I get the feeling Stastny wants to stay in Colorado. They've got a great future ahead of them, so I'm sure he wants to be a part of it. Although, I'm not sure why he wouldn't have signed an extension by now. Also, he says he'd be willing to give the Avs a discount: http://www.denverpos...nt-avs-discount
If the Devils are going to go for someone with high end talent, it's going to have to be Vanek or Gaborik.