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07-25-2012, 09:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Sojourn View Post
Alright, fair enough. I can respect that.

I don't disagree with you here. Though, I'm not entirely sure Holmgren's reluctance to give up Couturier or Schenn for Weber wasn't because he didn't think he could bully them with an offer sheet. Obviously, I can't prove that, but I think he might have been more willing to part with one of them if the offer sheet hadn't been an option. If he feels like the offer sheet was an ace up his sleeve, there is no need for him to put Couturier on the table.
I fully agree with that last part. He had the option, and if Nashville didn't want to take his deal, that was his trump card, not caving to their trade demands. And he screwed himself because of it.

With Ryan, obviously, there isn't a trump card, unlike what Philly fans suggest(waiting till he's UFA, not a realistic option). Guess it just depends on who plays the game of chicken better.

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