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07-20-2011, 02:48 PM
Join Date: May 2003
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Circumstances were different with Bailey. Bailey, at the time, may very well have been one of the best 12 forwards the Isles had on that roster. That was more of a poor developmental decision. There is no evidence of that being a financial decision. Snow and staff thought he was ready and brought him up.
Signing Ehrhoff would have been pure salary (not just cap, as is the case with Nino). While Wang has definitely not shown the willingness to spend to the max, his "cheapness" is far overrated on these boards. And the fact that a team would rush a prospect just to not spend real dollars on a place holder is detrimental to the health of a franchise and poor asset management.
Wang has also shown the willingness to spend a bit of money as witnessed by the Isles trying to sign marquee dmen over the last couple of years. However, nobody seems to want to take his money. I'm under the impression that this is being misread as gross "cheapness."
Never said he's cheap. However, he's lowered his overhead to the bare minimum under the rebuild. Essentially, if we are gonna stink, might as well not lose anymore $ than I have to. That's fine, but see what happens in a competitive market? Dilute the fanbase and the attractiveness of the franchise to new recruits.
There is no secret that Wang has used buyouts and bonus clauses to meet the floor minimum the past several years when the floor was LOWER. Now that it's higher, one certainly has evidence to predict he would more than likely engage in "fuzzy" accounting to make it happen so he limits his cash burn. Again, in the rules, but...
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