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05-04-2011, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by NHRangerfan View Post
I guess it's the chicken or the egg theory...I agree with Wolf and tend to believe that Sather has not made good choices, prime example Gomez and Dury were not 1st line players but because they were the Best Available he offered them contracts befitting 1st line guys.
thats always the need to pay guys based on their value, not how they compare to other free agents. we've made that mistake many times in the past, even back in the neil smith days, where you paid a 2nd/3rd liner like a 1st liner or a 3rd pair dman like a #1 dman and besides screwing up the cap/payroll it also puts unfair expectations on those players.

in the case of brad richards, he is a legit #1 center and its not just cause he's the best guy available...but there are definitely times when standing pat and waiting it smarter than going after the best guy available at that moment.

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