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10-06-2003, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by igor
Yup, that was a belter. Button deserves to be a finalist too, for reacquiring McAmmond last year without realizing he would not be eligible to play. D'Oh!
As a preface to the comments I am about to make, let me state for the record that I am a Kevin Lowe fan.


I don't think Button's mistakes in the acquisition of McAmmond comes anywhere close to Lowe and Co. in their dealings with Marchant last year. I don't know how many times I heard someone from the organization suggest that they would get compensation for Marchant if they lost him as a UFA. This was clearly a serious misreading of the CBA that the team not only appeared not to have checked before they made their 2002-2003 contract offer to the Marchant, but they appeared to continue to believe for several months after the fact. It seems to me that the Edmonton press never really called Lowe out for this mistake to the point where by this past spring when it was clear that Marchant wouldn't be back, no-one even seemed to acknowledge that the Team had ever suggested that there would be compensation.

By contrast, even if McCammond could not play last spring (at a point in time when the Flames were already eliminated), Button at least obtained a player that would be a known commodity for his top line in 2003-2004.

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