Thread: Confirmed with Link: Paul Ranger signs with Toronto Marlies
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08-19-2012, 09:29 AM
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Originally Posted by smitty10 View Post
I don't think it's a dick move by him. Clearly he had personal issues and signing with the Marlies allows him to stay close to home more of the time, spend time with his family and continue his hockey career. Being 2500km away from home isn't for everyone. Although I don't know the situation behind why he left, it would make sense that someone who has just gone through personal issues would rather stay at home than play in another country.

I don't think anyone here could say that if they had personal issues and wanted to be closer to family that they'd go back to their former employer on the other side of the continent to be courteous, when they would be unhappy doing so. Toronto is close to home for him and signing with the Marlies will allow him to play pro hockey again. Nothing wrong with that.
Then you request a trade to be closer to home while you're under contract to the team, not "retire" until the point that they no longer retain your rights. That should ALWAYS be the last alternative even well after going to the press to bring up wanting a trade. Nobody knows what was going on in his life that led to him taking those years off from play, but if it was something as simple as wanting to be closer to home I'm sure Tampa could have accommodated him.

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