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11-29-2004, 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by mudcrutch79
If Craig Patrick's such a genius at understanding the CBA, how in the hell does he let MA Fleury accumulate a year of service time last year?
I didn't think this was a bad choice. The big question with Fleury is the bonuses. He didn't make them this year. He probably won't make them this year if they play or if he splits his time between the AHL and NHL. The Pens aren't winning anything for the next couple of years, and Patrick can make sure he doesn't make more than the rookie maximum his first three years.

Letting him get to arbitration a year early may cost down the road, but not relative to what Fleury has in his rookie contract. I made that point when he signed the contract. It almost guaranteed he was getting sent back to Junior at some point last year. Sometimes the biggest deal isn't the best deal for the player.


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