Sit Him Out!
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10-09-2003, 10:59 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Defending the border
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Here's the link.
- some tidbits -
"Mike Comrie was an investment and that makes this dispute as much about the money as anything else."
"It was a scenario that for the Oilers included a drastic reduction in the amount of money Comrie would be paid in his second contract."
"They knew it when they tried to negotiate a contract extension last spring and couldn't even get Lowe's attention, much less more money from him. It was then that they first demanded a trade, a petulant move intended to prod Lowe into taking them seriously."
"The intent of the confidentiality agreement,
which Comrie requested
, seems to be to muddy the big picture so the villain is indistinguishable from the hero and the fans are at least divided on the topic of his motives, if not uniformly behind him."
"The attempt by Comrie's camp to force the issue with Wednesday's public declaration that the two sides have "irreconcilable" differences smacked of desperation and isn't about to provoke immediate action from the Oilers."
"As far as we know, Lowe is going to sit on his asset. Comrie will have to do the same thing, give or take a couple of letters."
Does anyone else find this a jarring departure from the Journal's previous articles about the Comrie situation? Earlier articles seemed far more detached and much less speculative, and Matheson was continually maintaining this was all just normal negotiating procedures and even giving out a 60% chance of Comrie signing.
All of a sudden Comrie comes back to Edmonton, and he promptly gets a thorough pistolwhipping from the Journal that sounds like something the Sun would write.
Given that the Journal is rumoured to be rather cozy w/ the Oilers, doesn't the timing of all this seem rather interesting? Or am I just reading too much into this?
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