Thread: Confirmed with Link: Sharks sign Brad Stuart (3 years, $3.6 per)
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06-18-2012, 02:55 PM
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Originally Posted by endy View Post
dw had all the leverage in the universe and still couldn't get a cent knocked off the deal. for people going 'oh it's reasonable', reasonable doesn't win you cups. reasonable wins you reasonable teams that make the playoffs and do nothing later.

you know which GMs are known for fighting for every million and ensuring their roster is maxed out with talent? lombardi and holland and chiarelli. do you know what those guys have that we don't? a friggen cup!!
Not true.

He didn't have leverage. All Stuart had to do was wait for UFA sweeps.

Lombo had extensive negotiations with both Kopitar and Doughty holding out. Both Doughty and Kopitar got very close to their initial asking price. Mitchell got the extra years that he wanted, etc. Lombo hasn't been getting discounts in LA but he has had more contentious negotiations. Holland is handing out cap circumvention contracts like candy. The average number looks good, but his hands will be tied will past certain players' usefulness. I haven't seen any noteworthy discounts in Boston either.

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