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03-24-2011, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by wolfgaze View Post
Agreed... I think part of him didn't want the pressure & expectations of having to carry an NHL team on his back anymore.... KHL offered more money and less pressure/expectations.... If he was serious about re-signing with the Rangers he and his agent would not have dragged their feet leading up to July 1st.
I actually think it was the exact opposite. He wanted to be the "guy" and have the team centered around him and his cronies (Nylander, Straka, etc.). The Rangers clearly shifted in another direction with Gomez and Drury (a disastrous one, but that's beside the point). It was no longer his team, and he didn't want to simply be a piece of the puzzle.

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