Thread: Attracting UFAs
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03-05-2012, 05:53 AM
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Originally Posted by SouthernHab View Post
The answer to the problem is simple.

Picture yourself as an elite UFA winger. You probably would think that playing in Montreal would be awesome with its history and its rabid fans as well as being a great place to live.

So you look at Montreal as a viable option. Pierre Gauthier contacts your agent. He tells him that he wants you as a Hab. You look at Jacques Martin (now his protege Cunneyworth) and the style of hockey that he plays. Dump and chase. Your game relies on speed and you arent a big physical guy.

You also watch the NHL Network a lot. You notice that when Gionta was thrown to the ice, no one stood up to fight for him. Same for when the Bruins came to town and the only people fighting back were Pouliot (last year) and Moen. Then you read about the Gauthier signings and his trades for some really weak DMen.

Pierre is willing to pay you $1.5 million more per season. Boston Bruins are willing to pay you $1.2 million more per season.

Which team do you sign with?
UFAs are typically signing contracts that commit them for the next five, six, seven years. I doubt that the playing style of an interim coach who is going to be replaced by the time they sign is of any consequence to their decision, much less the playing style of the previous coach who has already been sacked.

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