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10-06-2010, 10:56 PM
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Originally Posted by rban
LTIR makes sense. Even if he is actually 'retired' , ie he and the team knows he's never playing again, they can pretend that he 'might' return, and stick him on LTIR.

I think they're worried about the psychological effect on him and the rest of the team of him being on LTIR.. ie: will he come back, will he not, and when ..... but if everyone is in on the secret then that is null and void.

'Psssttttt, guys .. he's never coming back, but we just pretend he might to be able to return, just so we can get him on LTIR and avoid the cap hit....... DON'T TELL ANYONE !'
It doesn't have to be as mysterious as that. Laperriere is probably twisting about this, hopefully talking late into the night with his wife, and looking at the end of his career. He's got a lot to work through. I'd be willing to wager that Holmgren - for all his cap stupidity and kid-in-a-candy-store trade mentality - has just told Laperriere to take his time with the decision and that they can wait a bit on him.

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