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07-04-2012, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by WantEggRoll View Post
Considering how this offseason has gone down I kind of like the fact that management/ownership really wants to ensure that Ottawa recruits players that want to be here.

If you can get guys that love the city, and lay down solid roots here then you don't get these stupid scenarios with your star players bailing on you at the first hint of free agency.

Still can't believe that the Dallas Stars(Richards last year), New Jersey Devils, and Nashville Predators were either too stubborn or proud to move out Richards, Parise, and Sutter at the trade deadline rather than have them walk for free in the summer. I get that you "need" these players for your playoff run/push, but really what is a better outcome:

A. Player stays for a few months and you "maybe" have some short-term success.
B. You move the player for quality assets that improve the team in the long-term.
C. You keep the player and hope you can work out a contract extension before free agency starts.

I'm sure all those teams have made offers and probably hoped they could get them inked with a discount. It's a risky option however as most players who get this far will test free agency and see if they can cash in.

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