Canucks sign David Backes to offer sheet; Blues Match
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07-02-2008, 12:46 AM
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Drop the Sopel
It's pretty funny how everyone thinks St.Louis would match without question. Aren't a lot of you people the ones that would have walked away from Ryan Kesler and his$1.9mil offer sheet?
If St.Louis didn't think Backes had the skill to play in the top 6 in the next couple years there's a possibility they don't match. It was worth a shot.
Not me. I was all for matching Kesler, yet the speed with which St Louis matched, essentially doing a favour to the Canucks after they tried to poach their player, just reinforced what a waste of time this was. If Gillis was confident Backes was going to be a top 6 player, then the offer should have been closer to 4.
This just risks creating friction with potential trading partners. Right or wrong, but look at what the past couple have done.
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