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09-26-2003, 09:14 PM
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Oiler_Fan
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Originally Posted by LoudmouthHemskyfan#1
The agents tell them not to, and the players see the agents as the experts, so they listen. It's not rocket science.
Actually, if I was an agent with a player who wanted to stay with his current team, I would encourage him to publicly say so. To back this up, players in fact do this all the time during contract negotiations.

Havlat has been quoted saying he wants to be in Ottawa. Gaborik has been quoted as missing the guys, the city, and the fans.

Seems to me it's not only good PR for the players fan relationships, but saying it really can't have any negative impact when it comes down to an agent and a GM throwing numbers and terms back and forth trying to hash out a contract.

On the other hand, if you don't want to appear to be a hippocrite after a trade, and really do want a trade while trying not to alienate your home town friends and fans, you might play it the way Comrie has.

(Shrug)

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