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06-28-2011, 08:38 AM
eco's bones
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The reality though is buying free agents costs you nothing but the cap space that you spend on them and can be turned into other assets at least as long as you can locate just one of the other 29 GM's around the league who might give you something of value for them--in this case it was Bob Gainey. You don't spend to the ceiling--in this case if we didn't sign Gomez then we don't add McDonagh, Valentenko and we might not have Prust (part of the Higgins deal)--so the Gomez signing over the longer run has worked out nicely for us. So yeah it can be categorized as a mistake but it's a mistake that Sather turned into something very beneficial for us. Redden and Drury can be classified differently--more or less cap space wasted for Redden's entire contract and for a good half of Drury's--and no movement of either for assets from another team. For that reason those two signings completely suck.

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