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07-20-2011, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by MrHockey1982 View Post
Tampa really got hosed on this deal IMO. Not only will he be a UFA in 5 years, but he ALSO has a NMC. So if Tampa wants to trade him in 4.5 years because they can't re-sign him, he can just say no and do what Brad Richards did. Essentially letting him sign somewhere else while Tampa gets nothing in return. I guess 5 years at a good cap hit is all they could get out of it.
They gave him a NMC in the final year of that deal? That's dumb.

Not a big deal necessarily. They can just deal him that summer prior to free agency if it looks like he won't sign.

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