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08-05-2005, 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by nine_inch_fang
Well if Paul didn't know Johnny and have the ability to call him I don't know if it would have happened. Paul said he needed to ask ?'s that only a player could have answered and it needed to be someone that he trusted. So in my estimation Johnny was huge.
In Johnson's interview on 104.5, you could tell he played a big role. Johnson's such a modest person with a small ego and refused to pat himself on the back. But you could tell throughout the conversation that he was instrumental. His 1 hour conversation last night with Kariya was likely what made Kariya go from "I wouldn't mind going to Nashville" to "I want to go to Nashville". At that point, Kariya stopped waiting for better offers and just wanted a deal to be done. I think he probably brought his seriousness to Poile this morning and said "Let's get a deal done" and Poile and Kariya's agent hammered it out.

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