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06-27-2010, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by BrooklynRangersFan View Post
Azrok has this completely right regarding years by the way. Even if Sather was open to the idea of a longer-term contract, four years would still be out of the question. If you want to be paid north of $4MM for signing a longer contract, you MUST give up UFA years.

And the idea that this would "put fans minds to rest" is a horrible, horrible justification for how to conduct contract negotiations. I'm sorry that the team not bending over backwards for your favorite player has given you some angst. Unfortunately, this is exactly how we NEED management to operate in a salary cap world.

Lastly, I shouldn't be the only nerd who's running the numbers on CapGeek. Staal and Orr need to take a look at the Rangers cap situation there too - if they did, they would quickly understand that their best bet IS to take the 2 year contract and then get made whole when Drury/Rozsie/Avery are off the books and the cap has had another two years to rise. The fact of the matter is that Slats DOES pay generously at the appropriate stage of the career. So, they're going to try to force his hand now and put the organization's back against the wall, despite the fact that you have no leverage, despite the history we've seen, despite the obvious cap situation and despite the fact that he knows he's going to get his in 2 years? Honestly, where's the outcry for Marc to stop being such a greedy *****?
Agent just doing his job. Do you think Staal is sitting there with REAL input? It's completely against his own interest to say, "OK, let's just walk in there and tell them 4 years at 3 per, done deal". It's classic negotiation tactics.

EDIT: And anyone sitting there thinking that he'll sign for $2m a year right after hearing the first offer, simply out of loyalty, is nuts. This contract is going to be huge in setting up his future contracts, unless his offense jumps up wildly.

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