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07-17-2012, 02:26 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
I believe Riser offered 10 years $70-80m total and Gaborik turned it down summer before he got hurt (i.e. one year from UFA). Many of us wanted him traded ASAP at that point (I remember wanting something like 1st + Drew Stafford + roster player) because if he got injured it would tank his trade value.
Then he got injured and couldn't be traded. He had two surgeries. Gabby wanted the deal but it was off the table (rightly so). So he didn't come off IR (therefore couldn't be traded) until just after the deadline.
Riser was fired right after the season and Fletcher met with Gabby but it was pretty clear he didn't want to come back (and maybe Fletcher didn't want him back), so he walked for nothing.
I never blamed Gabby and always wished the best. Glad he went out East. It was DR's fault for not trading him that summer.
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