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05-01-2012, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Drake1588 View Post
Ironclad, guaranteed NHL contracts work both ways.

Ovechkin is under contract. If the golden goose gets away, it's because they cave, and take off the chain around its neck. He can ask for a trade and they can refuse, countering that he can go when he's 35. He can sit out and forego millions... but he won't. He can't support his lifestyle on principled righteousness.
you are smarter than that, my friend. how well does that work out as a rule? keeping a player that doesnt want to be there any more and then sitting him on the bench? that is all kinds of ugly.

if he doesnt want to play this kind of hockey and doesnt want to sit on the bench and says he wants out, he gets out. otherwise leonsis might as well just tell him to stay home.

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