Thread: Confirmed with Link: Festerling signs in DEL
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07-23-2012, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Gump Hasek View Post
I make that assumption because it is fairly obvious that none of the players that left had much of an NHL future here - despite being on two-way deals in the case of Flood/Kulda (not sure about Festerling). Flood was unable to take a spot despite being given a full year of opportunity to do so; he was just an emergency backup. I like Kulda but he is easily replaceable and he slotted in quite low on the depth chart despite many years of service. Festerling never really even got a sniff. They left because they could see that Postma and Redmond passed them on the chart. The Jets allowed them to leave (perhaps likely even facilitated their departure) to free up NHL contract spaces. I think they are only allowed 50 cts at any one time IIRC. You grant those cts to people you feel will eventually play on your team.
Chevy said he negotiated with all of their players from last year except Jones. He also gave qualifying offers to all RFAs except Fehr.
Sounds like they did have plans with them, but not what some of them wanted. In the end the players did what they thought was best for them.

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