Thread: Confirmed with Link: Stars re-sign Lehtonen (5 years/$29.5M)
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09-15-2012, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Troy McClure View Post
My point about marketing is when you look at it from the perspective of the Stars's negotiating position. The Stars market him like a guy who is a superstar in the making (with frequnet nods to him being the "next Modano"), yet the Stars clearly don't want to pay him like a superstar in the making. The Stars stalled to let the CBA expire all so they don't have to give him the 7-10 year deal.
I don't think the Stars want to pay any RFA the way some other teams are prepared to. Nieuwendyk is Burke's protege, the man who bemoaned the death of the 2nd contract. The current version of the Stars have had 3 excellent RFAs come up for deals -- they drove a hard bargain with Neal, they managed to rope Eriksson into an extremely team-friendly deal, and now they're driving a hard bargain with Benn. It's how this organization operates. Now if the player has any sort of leverage then they fold immediately and bend over backwards it seems.

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