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10-28-2008, 12:04 PM
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Bob Gainey will probably not negotiate till the end of the season. Maybe not even with Komisarek.

Koivu, Kovalev, Tanguay, Plekanec. Pick one of them and imagine Bob announcing he was signed for 3-4 years. What will the other 3 think? The message sent would be very bad.

Unlike other GM's, Gainey follows some basic principles. He does not want to pay a player more then what he is worth to the team. And he wants his players to have confidence in him. At the end of the season, based on an in-depth performance evaluation he will make reasonable offers to everyone - even Streit got an offer. Most likely under what these players could get on the free market. Some will go Markov/AKost. Others will go Souray/Streit. But there is only so much a GM can do.

Markov and Akost were great signings. In Bob we Trust.

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