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07-05-2011, 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by John-Eric Iannicello View Post
I think thats the key though.

What harm is there?

I think the harm is that Burke looks like someone who can be walked on by other RFAs. I don't think Burke wants to look desperate, and the moment he accepts any dollar amount that he's not exactly comfortable with, that opens up other RFAs to negotiate at that comparable salary.

I think as a fan we just see play on ice, and cap figures. But if we accept MacArthur at a 1 year deal at 4m, what kinds of numbers are other players like Grabovksi going to push for as UFAs? Kessel money? More?

The reason why Burke talks about walking away from salary that is too high is because he doesn't want to set a precedent IMO. If MacArthur does walk, I'm guessing there's a back-up plan in place.
If MacA is awared 4mil+ and Kulemin keeps improving I don't look forward to that arbitration.

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