Offer Sheets This Summer?
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07-13-2012, 04:36 PM
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Join Date: Feb 2011
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A 5M offersheet on kessel was 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
The trade route was 2 firsts and a 2nd after which kessel signed for 5M.
The trade route in this case was more a rip off than an offer sheet. Of course Boston could match and there no evidence to suggest trading is better than offer sheeting.
I don't understand what you said here...
Kessel could've been signed to an OS at $5.4M with a compensation of 1st,2nd,3rd.
Chiarelli said he would match ANY offer on Kessel.
Burke was obviously in talks with Chiarelli, and when it was clear that an OS wouldn't work, trade talks ensued. Fair compensation was valued at 1st,1st,2nd.
Where I'm confused is how you can use this as any kind of evidence that trades are better/worse than offer sheets...?
Had Burke made the OS, and Boston had matched, then they would've had to trade someone off the roster to make room for Kessel. But that would've been only $1M or so and likely some 4th liner or 3rd liner for picks deal.
Kessel was the last player to be signed from that roster, and it wouldn't have been a situation like with Wilson OS Hjalmarsson on CHI to make Niemi/others unsigneable. Boston didn't have anyone else to sign, so they'd have just needed to get under the cap. With the rest of the summer to do it too.
Burke had the option of:
A) Get a highly-valued player coming off a 30g season and PPG playoff run; or
B) Piss off a rival GM, get nothing, and basically just cause a relatively minor trade between BOS and another team that would have had little to no effect on the rosters of those teams.
When BOS lost Kessel, they finished the following season with exactly 30 fewer goals than the year before. Infer whatever conclusions you want, but the draft pick compensation clearly had no effect on the Bruins roster (since they had yet to draft anyone.)
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