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09-18-2009, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by RangerBoy View Post
Did Sather have a give and take with Wade Redden?
My guess, yes - but, frankly, not much of one. The July 1 UFA starting gun creates artificial market pressure that you don't see in most other negotiations - if you want the player you pretty much have to bid up and then hope that he takes your offer. There may be one or two give-and-takes (over the space of a few hours) and then the UFA takes the best offer. It's the nature of the beast - the UFA has the ULTIMATE in leverage in that case.

Which is PRECISELY why the team needs to exercise ITS leverage in situations like this. If you want to have the cap space to play in the UFA market, you need to be disciplined in your negotiations with your RFAs - especially when the RFA doesn't have any leverage (i.e. is not arb eligible).

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