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08-05-2012, 02:40 AM
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Bud probably should have showed a little more patience, he might have his name on the cup right now. There is no reason to think that he wouldn't have improved on his AHL numbers and gotten a call up this year.
I don't blame the guy for going for the money, but he has to realize that it damaged his NHL chances.
If he's waiting for a sure thing one-way contract, he won't be in the NHL until he hits UFA in 4 years or whatever.
Voynov went through the same thing. He stuck it out 3 full years in the AHL when he could have bolted to Russia for a payday. It had to be extremely frustrating for him, but he honed his game and showed loyalty to the organization, and it was rewarded with the ultimate prize.
I don't think DL would hold a grudge against Bud, but you can bet if he came back over he would have to work his way back up the ladder. He would have to have a heck of a camp for sure, if he even comes over.
I think it hurt his chances of becoming a king for sure, but I disagree it hurt his chances on becoming an nhler. If anything, it may have helped his chances.
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