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12-13-2011, 12:37 PM
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WJG
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It's all about the perception IMO. You can't waive/trade a player you just sign. It might make free agents think twice about signing with you in the future.

Realistically, this rule gets broken all the time (ex. Vancouver traded a newly signed Sturm for Booth, San Jose traded a newly re-signed Setoguchi for Burns, etc), but those teams are contenders and have been competitive for a long time. We're still trying to carve out an identity for ourselves in the league.

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