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04-13-2004, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by xander
What leverage? I don't understand why everyone thinks teams are gonna be lining up for this kid. Who is gonna give a kid who's never played a profesional game, and hasn't played hockey in a year, a max rookie contract the summer before a new CBA is bargained? Why would they?

Best bet is that he ends up going to pittsburg for cheap after he finds out that no one's going to give a million a year to a 21 yo who's yet to prove anything above the NCAA level, is a year behind in his development, is seen as a bad defensive player, and may have attitude issues.

How can you say what leverage??

When a 21 yr old will be eligible to negotiate with ANY team of his choosing to shop his services that is called leverage.

Regardless of how much he signs for the fact that he is free to do this obviously increases his bargaining position.

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