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09-24-2004, 10:58 PM
Schlep Rock
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Originally Posted by Chili
The problem I see with some agents is their goal in negotiating contracts which always seems to be maximize $ value which may or may not be what is best for their client. If you look at Marc Andre Fleury's contract it is very similiar to Rick DiPietro's deal from a few years back. DiPietro spent very little time in the NHL his first three years because of the ridiculous bonus clauses for meeting marginal targets (i.e. games played). I remember that Dipietro even offered to forego some of the bonuses if it would get him to the NHL but teams can't do that. I doubt Fleury will spend much time in the NHL until his next contract because of the deal his agent negotiated.
You've got to be kidding me regarding Fleury. If Fleury's agent negotiated anything less then Dipietro, he would've been raked over the coals by other agents and laughed at by NHL general managers. It's not the agents fault if a team is too cheap to follow through on bonuses they agreed to.

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