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09-17-2004, 11:02 AM
Vito Andolini
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Originally Posted by Fletch
you're not always crazy for taking less money. Sometimes you need to take your lumps early for a bigger payday later.
This is a good point in almost any career, but you lets look at it from Jamies perspective.

1. He's been in the league for a while now and hasn't really shown much. His future as an NHL regular is far from set in stone
2. Realistically, how many years does an NHL player stick around for, especially goal scorers who score 2 times a year.
3. There's a lot of uncertainty in the NHL, especially regarding future player salaries.
4. He's coming off a bad injury year, and maybe he doesn't want to risk losing his career in the AHL at 35K a year when he shoulda been in the NHL making over a million.

Combining all these facts, I really can't say I blame Jamie for taking the better salary and playing in Europe.

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