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08-14-2005, 10:12 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Miami, FL
Why does Sullivan speak out on behalf of Nashville? How many players do this period? I think your concerns regarding Sullivan are similar to that of Dave Chappelle in his R. Kelly trial skit, "I'll believe it's R. Kelly if...". Just a tad unreasonable. Following that logic train only a week or two ago: There's no way in hell Hartnell is going to re-sign with the Preds at or near his QO. He doesn't like Nashville because he hasn't commented that much on the greatness of the city and the franchise. I bet he'll ask for Havlat level money so that he'll get moved. That's what I heard from this guy I know who used to work for the Preds and is Garrioch's cousin and is married to Brooks nephew.
Since when is quotes the definitive factor here? I'd say a Steve Sullivan comment saying he loves Nashville holds no more weight than silence. He could have easily been prompted into that comment. The question is, "do you really like Nashville, Steve?" and He says, "I love Nashville. The fans are great and the team is built for the future." And this is supposed to be the support you need? You ask any and every Pred, regardless of their relationship with Nashville, and that's what you are going to hear. Insert any other team name instead of Nashville and you'll get similar comments.
I fail to see how comments would actually be something to hang your hat on. I'd use comments from Trotz and Poile as key indicators. Neither have any reason to mislead Nashville of their true intentions, nor has either ever shown to have done that. While player X will gladly say how much he loves the city regardless of his true feelings, Trotz isn't going to be spouting off on how he's going to use Sullivan to solve the center problem unless he's going to do it. If he truly felt Sullivan wasn't going to be a Pred, he would approach the situation different and certainly wouldn't name drop Sullivan all accross the papers. Ditto with Poile. Instead, they'd probably throw out a noncomittal statement about how they might use Sullivan at center, but would prefer to have that situation solved by someone else. Or does this logic only make sense to me?
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