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03-17-2006, 07:04 PM
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It wasn't that they didn't want him, they tried to lowball him.
They signed Kesler, a lower first round pick, prior to signing Umberger. Then they offered Umberger less money than they offered Kesler. Umberger's agent wanted Burke to pay Umberger the same as Kesler. Burke refused. Neither side backed down so Burke traded his rights to the Rangers along with a pick for Rucinsky a few months before he became a UFA. I'm not sure if the Rangers lowballed him or if he just didn't want to pay for NYR, but he waited out the few months and then signed with Philly for the rookie max.
NYR didn't really attempt to sign him, they wanted the draft pick they got from Umberger leaving as a free agent. Basically it was 2 draft picks for rucinsky.
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