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07-24-2008, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Beukeboom Fan View Post
I look at it differently. Martin is NOT going to come out and say "I have to trade J-Bo because he's not willing to sign long term." no matter way J-Bo and his agent tell him in private. If he says that J-Bo's value plummets. This is one of those situations that you have to read between the lines because GM's have to lie for the good of the organization.

1) Martin has very little leverage
2) J-Bo would probably be the biggest UFA signing to date.
3) It's not in Martin's best interest to communicate the facts if J-Bo has said he's not willing to sign long term.
4) In all likelyhood, the deals won't get better from the Panther's "on-ice" perspective over the next year +. (And by that I mean the longer this goes the more likely the return would be centered around assets that aren't immediately ready to contribute at the NHL level.)

IMO reading between the lines is dangerous and leads to bad rumors. Isn't reading between the lines Eklunds job? and he is wrong 99% of the time.

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