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06-24-2011, 05:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Whitesnake View Post
This great misconception that Gomez was THE deal braker that made it possible to acquire Gionta and Cammy....So a guy like Gomez who had a terrible year was much more a dealbraker than a courageous captain who was just as capable of putting points on the board. A Koivu that was also known as a playoff performer would not have been able to made those acquisitions possible...Try overpaying BIG TIME for Gionta and an overpayment by Cammy, and you have your reasons.....When Lamoriello say to Gionta to jump on the Habs offer......you know it's a whole lot about the money.
Well I recognize that both Gionta and Cammalleri got about 1 million more than they would have touched elsewhere but you have to take the tax factor in consideration, what is huge if you compare to the other states.. so the Habs will always have to pay more to get a UFA.. same for the Nordics if ever they get a team back..

Also Gio and Gomez had some real chimestry togheter some years ago, they are good friends and Im convinced it mattered in his decision to sign here.. and as much as I like Koivu, we just couldnt attract any quality UFAs under his era..

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