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03-06-2006, 10:41 AM
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I'm really torn about this. On the one hand, when I read the title of the thread my instant reaction was joy, because I really like Bates and he is exactly the type of player I want on my New York Islanders -- hard working, versatile, team-oriented. On the other hand, though, I don't know that we should be committing to anyone we don't have to until the new GM comes in. Maybe the new GM wants to go in a different direction, or wants to allocate dollars differently? Maybe the new GM wants to go youth, or wants to put more dollars into the D? Anything that commits us longer than we need to be should not be done until the new GM is in place. So I am very torn -- am a big fan of Bates and glad he's around, but I don't think we should be tying the new GM's hands any more than we need to.

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