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04-26-2011, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by SomebodySaveKreider View Post
I love Dubi too, but lets be honest and really think about the situation at the time.
Yes, let's do that. Dubi was coming off 40 and 41 point seasons. His AGENT (remember, these guys all have agents who advise them and tell them what they are worth based on similar deals signed by other players) asked for 4 mil per year on a 4 YEAR DEAL (more years = more money per year when you are RFA).

They wanted to work out a longer term deal for more money. Sather wasn't ready to make that kind of commitment to him. It's really as simple as that. Dubi wasn't being greedy. He wasn't overestimating his worth. He was listening to his agent and letting him handle the negotiations, which is what he gets paid to do.

And you'll notice that Staal got almost 4 per year on his 2nd contract, yet no one suggests he should have been happy with less because he didn't end up holding out. Sather was willing to give Staal more money to get him locked up for more years. If Staal had signed only a 2 year deal, you can bet the money would be closer to 2 mil per year.

It's absolutely ridiculous to me that 2 years later people are still holding a grudge over the hold out when they don't even understand the basics of negotiation and how contracts work in the NHL.

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