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04-09-2010, 11:17 PM
A Fistful of Dollars
Join Date: Jan 2004
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I'm new to this game: Why would Rathje get 3.5 millions, and who gave him that???
Those are the quotes that matter from the time:
``What we wanted was size and guys who are difficult to play against on the back end,'' said former Sharks general manager Dean Lombardi, now a pro scout with Philadelphia.
Rathje wasn't the Flyers' only target. They added two other over-sized defensemen Tuesday -- Derian Hatcher (four years, $14 million) and Chris Therien (one year, $500,000).
Lombardi downplayed any particular role he had in the Flyers' decision to sign Rathje.
``Sure, I was there and knew him for 10 years, but it's not like Rat's a secret,'' Lombardi said, noting that Flyers Coach Ken Hitchcock used to coach Dallas and knew Rathje's contributions well.
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