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09-23-2003, 12:22 PM
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looooob
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Digger12
Was Button also responsible for Rob Niedermeyer's 2M/yr deal?

IMO that one sticks out even more...
no he was not. Niedermayer was acquired into a trade (bad judgement I agree) and had to be qualified year after year on his bad salary (maybe not dissimilar to the Isbister situation I guess).

I'm not going to defend Flames management in general , or Craig Button in particular, but the Flames haven't been particularly awful in overpaying their RFAs. Iginla was the one obvious one, but he was coming off an Art Ross season. Morris looked to be a problem (after a previous holdout) and then was flipped for Drury (who looked to be a problem also) who was flipped for Reinprecht and Warrener who signed for good bucks. Regehr,Saprykin, Ference etc all signed reasonable contracts as well. Gauthier's deal was an arbitration award, IIRC. You could argue overpay on Lydman.

The Turek deal is obviously hard to defend,but he was a pending UFA and the team panicked.

so actually the Flames have done alot of things badly over the years, but overpaying RFAs historically hasn't been one of them

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