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11-18-2012, 01:33 AM
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Originally Posted by achtungbaby View Post
It's hard to see either/both coming to Toronto unless this team is making progress in the standings department. They aren't getting any younger and both would likely to be looking for a combination of A) gettin' their money and B) a winning organization.

Counting on free agents to turn this ship around is exactly why JFJ is demonized around here. It's a terrible way to run a franchise because you're at the mercy of free agents. Getzlaf and Perry are simply the new Sedins or Brad Richards in this regard.
Three key reasons why FA's wont come here

1) Too intense of a hockey market, its like living in hollywood for these players, their every move gets scrutinized 24/7.

2) Burke doesn't like to dish out more then 5 year long contracts, players these days want 7-12 years. I don't agree with these types of contracts BUT if that's whats blocking players from signing here then Burke really needs to get over his fat ego.

3) MLSE for a very long time has not shown a serious commitment to winning, sorry but its the truth. Players want to know the team they're playing for WILL be a winning one, no player wants to come sign on and waste years of their lives playing for a bottom feeding team.

Issue #1 will never change, so its time to just except it. Issue #2 will only change once Burke is canned and/or the new CBA re-aligns its player contracts. Issue #3 is slowly being fixed but we're still several years away from being a good team.

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