Thread: Claimed off Waivers: Flames claim Blake Comeau
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12-02-2011, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Renbarg View Post
Taking back a pick is not taking on salary, trading Comeau for an underperforming/overpaid player is not ideal. The Wang not wanting to spend thing is a bit overblown imo.

The thing is that Snow may have had offers from teams low in the waiver pecking order. Snow is notorious for sticking to a price he sets. If he doesn't get said price he won't pull the trigger. I think there is a small possibility that he may have been getting offers not to his liking and refused to budge and instead gave the player up for free in order to gain leverage for future negotiations (I know it sounds far-fetched, but if anyone would do it would be Snow).

He refused to budge on Martinek and Konopka this past season. And although he didn't waive them, he also had no intention of signing either.
That's basically what Burke did in Anaheim with Bryzgalov. If he really had you have to imagine someone would have given Burke a late pick for the goalie.

But in the grand scheme of things a late round pick probably isn't worth letting other GM's know they can call your bluff. If you say you're not letting this player go for anything less than a 2nd rounder, then you cave in and take a 5th round for him, it's probably going to have a negative effect in future trade talks.

(Note: that's not to be confused with saying from the start that you'll simply take the highest offer or something like that)

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