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07-08-2008, 06:09 PM
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NOt unexpected. Gillis likely wanted to give him that yearly amount over a multiyear deal. Bernier knows what kind of numbers he might be able to put up playing with the twins so he wants a one year deal in order to cash in next summer (arbitration rights next year???). Gillis doesn't want to give him $2.5 mil on a one year deal so in this way Bernier ends up with a good deal now and for later.

I have no problems with the player looking out for number 1. No problems at all.

My guess is Gillis and Pleau/JD go for golf or dinner at the next set of league meetings they attend together.

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