Thread: Larry Brooks: Bluebloods took less to remain NYR
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07-31-2011, 11:07 AM
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When the Rangers RFA's opted for arbitration--there was the signal that they wanted to stay in the organization. It took any offers sheets from other teams out of the picture. At the same time though--neither the players nor the team are in the driver's seat--it comes down to an arbitrator's decision and here the team can walk away and let the player become an unrestricted free agent but that was obviously not going to happen here because all the RFA's are key components of the team.

Comparing their contracts to Ville Leino's isn't practical at all. The situation of being an unrestricted free agent is much different from being a resticted. As well there was no chance that Leino was going to re-sign with Philadelphia. They couldn't afford him--had to cut loose Richards and Carter just to be able to bring in Bryzgalov and Jagr (who could probably have gone somewhere else for more $). There was no way they could have fit Leino in and IMHO Buffalo overpaid for him big time.

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