Tim Thomas Has Waived His NTC
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06-22-2012, 04:42 PM
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You expected a lot from Bourque. He wasn't the owner or GM. You think Ray Bourque could force JJ and Harry Sinden to spend more on the team and produce a championship? Bourque played from hometown discounts his whole career, I had no issue with him asking for a trade as he was in the twilight of his career and the Burins were clearly rebuilding.
His hometown discounts didn't help the team, they hurt it. They created an artificial salary ceiling. "Can't pay anyone more than Ray" Harry would say.
All Bourque had to say was, "Hey, I don't mind being the 2nd highest paid Bruin if it means that we win a title."
Or when he saw a guy like Oates get shipped out, he might say, "Gee, I wish the team would keep guys even if they speak their mind."
I don't think either of those things is asking that much. I like Ray a lot, but I think he got a free pass for asking out of town, when a lot of other guys got killed for the same thing.
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