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Stupid money season begins as Gaustad cashes in with Predators -- four years, $13 million

Sunday at noon, of course, is the opening of the NHL's stupid season -- otherwise known as unrestricted free agency. We'll have full coverage of UFA Day here on ye olde blog but teams are, of course, free to try to keep their own until everyone can start talking.

The Nashville Predators did just that Saturday night by re-signing old friend Paul Gaustad, whom the Sabres cashed in at the trade deadline for a first-round draft pick that they eventually turned into Zemgus Girgensons last week in Pittsburgh.

So what did Gaustad, he of one career playoff goal in 48 playoff games and no response to Milan Lucic, get from the team he finished the season with?

How about a big raise? How about $13 million dollars over four years -- or $3.25M per? Good lord. 

Now, I get the whole deal here. Gaustad wins faceoffs and kills penalties. The free agent market is thin, especially at center. The Preds probably want to save face about giving up that No. 1 pick and need to spend money to get to the floor, especially if they don't keep Ryan Suter. And other teams were probably going to offer at least as much, if not more.

Still. It's Paul Gaustad. Get ready for plenty more head-shaking deals Sunday, both for the journeymen out there and the big names like Zach Parise, Suter and maybe even Marty Brodeur. Good luck to owners pleading poverty in the CBA talks.

---Mike Harrington

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John Vogl

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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