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As we can see, more points doesn't exactly mean more money.
But as I have just illustrated in the previous three slides, there can be perks to not taking the long term, big money deal.
All Couture has to do is keep up an effort level similar to last year's and he will ultimately end up with a bigger contract the next time around, most likely more than van Riemsdyk received today.
Couture could still play on a second or third line, so I have a feeling he won't face too much resistance in getting back to his 30 goal level.
On the other hand, van Riemsdyk's long term deal may end up being his undoing, if he does not hold up his end of the contract.
The fans in Philadelphia are Cup hungry. They have not experienced a Cup championship since 1975.
If van Riemsdyk is to prove himself with this new contract, he must be more of a force offensively and lead his team back to the promised land.
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