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05-22-2005, 06:57 PM
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And I wouldn't know why the Rangers or Canucks for that matter wouldn't have paid top dollar considering both teams have deep pocket books. Even with the Oilers having Schremp and Pouliot and with the emergence of Brodziak, I would like to acquire a guy like Umberger just to help solidify the team depth up the middle for years to come. If I were Clarke, I would hold onto him. Hopefully for the Flyers fans he won't deal Richards just because he's not 6'2" tall or taller.
Burke got himself in a pi$$ing match as he so often does and he would not back down. He began to believe his own press clippings.
The problem was that Umberger unlike 99.9% of the draftees had an option. If he was not signed within 2 years then he became a unrestricted free agent rather than his rights just going back into the draft. he then could peddle his services to the highest bidder which is precisely what he did. he and his agent used the system to do what was best for Umberger.
Burkie OTOH squandered a valuable asset.
Burke made stupid decision to go to the mat with a player who had the leverage in the negotiations.
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