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04-04-2012, 01:31 PM
oil slick
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Originally Posted by ponokanocker View Post
People need to realize how much it is actually going to cost to get Schultz. Erixon was the last player to nearly leave his team with nothing and Schultz is probably considered a better prospect than he was at the time. It cost the NYR's 2 2nd rounders and Horak for Erixon and a 5th. I'm not sure the value Horak had, but he was a 5th rounder who had a much better year after being drafted. This is going to cost us more than an early 2nd rounder and/or Omark.

Erixon was never going to be a free-agent. His options were to sign with the team that had his rights, or to go back into the draft. Therefore, he had a huge incentive to sign with a team he liked before the 1st, and the rangers had a huge incentive to trade for the rights, since if they didn't, the rangers would have to spend a draft pick IF he was even available at their pick.

Schultz on the other hand has zero incentive to sign before the 1st, and teams in the running have little incentive to trade for him, since he's not going into the draft.

Now people have traded for rights to UFA's before, but unless they are star quality, established players, the rights don't cost that much.

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