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03-15-2004, 09:18 PM
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i think people forget that Ovchekin does not have to sign a contract and that he is ready for the nhl next year.

Now it comes down to this in the end.

Pitts can't sign him now because they can't afford him.

Even if there is a lockout they run the risk of having Ovchekin not want to sign {would you honestly want to sign in pitts for less money} and then they find themselves behind the eight ball to make a trade and get some assets back.

pitts problems dont disappear with a lockout and new labor agreement. unless the situation within the city itself changes, that team is in trouble.

they trade the pick, get some extra picks and buy themselves some time while still putting assets in their account.

its not definate but its a VERY real possbility.

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