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07-25-2012, 08:03 AM
RIP Lindback
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Highly doubt Poile is fired; Brett Wilson is a big fan as am I. I think many underestimate the difficulty of getting big-name players to stay / sign in small, non-traditional markets. Dallas' biggest name ever was likely Modano or Hull, but both are gone now and they haven't snagged any other big names until Jagr this offseason, but I'd be shocked if he stays for more than a year. ATL lost Ilya and we know where they ended up. PHX is losing Doan and already lost Ray Whitney.

You can't look at these things in a bubble or compare the Preds FA success with those of NYR, MTL, BOS, PHI, etc.; when I look at our market-size peers with similar tenures in the league, I think we've done fairly well.

EDIT: And before someone brings up MIN getting Parise and Suter, you have to remember that A) family proximity was a big part of that decision for both players, and B) MN is without a doubt the most hockey-crazy state in the US. It's a smaller market, but not a comparable market to me.

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