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10-13-2003, 06:09 AM
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Boston rejected his arbitration award of $2.5 something million thus making Berard a free agent. Boston however has the right to match any offer that is less than 80% of his arbitration award which comes to a little more than 2 mil. So if Edmonton or anybody wanted to sign Berard without the risk of Boston matching the offer they have to offer over 80% of his arbitration award. Boston can however do a sign and trade where a team can agree with Berard on a contract of say 1.75 mil and then they let him sign with Boston for that amount and then strike a deal with Boston for Berard at the 1.75 mil with Boston getting whatever they get in the trade. All in all not a bad position for the Bruins to be in, as anybody wanting Berard for less than 2, 800,000 or so would potentially have to give Boston something in return. Unless Boston decides to let him go without matching the offer.
That's my understanding on the Berard situation.
That's exactly the situation and exactly what I was referring to.
The Kings hope to get Miller, Norstrom and Kuznetsov back in the next 3 or 4 weeks. It's too early to panic. I've been impressed with how well some of their more offensive-minded guys (Especially Vinsovsky) have played defensively early on. And Tim Gleason has been terrific so far and looks to be a fine player for the future (so long as no one else tries to take out his knees - LOL). Not to mention Grebeshkov and Zizka who can fill-in in times of need.
I agree with Darren Pang, I don't think Bryan Berard is a match for the cost-conscious Kings.
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