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07-19-2012, 01:43 AM
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Originally Posted by BillDineen View Post
Couple points:

1- If there is a huge signing bonus this year (and next) and the Pred's owner fears a lockout is likely, he may be scared off.
2- This prevents the Pens and other rivals with cap space from acquiring him. So at the very least it is a win if the Preds match. I am sure there is a full NMC involved in the offer.
Point #1 is absolutely critical, imo. Nashville could be taking a huge risk with their own finances by matching. With a lockout looming, it's very much possible that they wont give up all that money up front with all the revenue that would be lost to a lockout.

I think Holmgren realized that it was now or never. The fear of a lockout could be huge leverage here.

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