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12-07-2012, 11:58 AM
That was 90% gravity
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It isn't about the actual money, it is paying players more than they are worth. Yes, you can argue Stastny is overpaid (though he would get that as a UFA), but he wasn't trouble to negotiate with nor has he been a cancer at any time.
Quincey - was going to demand too much money, and had attitude issues with the coaching staff
Stewart - was going to demand too much money for a player with a poor work ethic
Anderson - he demanded too much in the Avs minds after one good year, he pouted and they sent him off
Wolski - see Stewart
All of those players had contract issues and were sent out. The Avs did what they could to bring back the most value, but everyone except maybe Stewart, the writing was on the wall. Those trades are all under Sherman.
Lacroix still has his hands in things. No doubt about it. Lacroix made some exceptions in the past, see Sakic, but the overall organization has pretty much said if you are going to demand too much money, you will be sent packing.
You have no idea if Stastny was hard to negotiate with or not. We do know he is making more money than any of the 'trouble makers'. He's the only one that managed to get Avs to pay him significantly more than he is worth.
Wolski and Stewart had very low compete and there were off-ice issues with Stewart. Avs trading them has if anything been vindicated by their performances after the trades. Avs simply sold high on them.
Andy got traded because he played awful. I think if anything it was both sides souring on each other. Andy got pissed because Avs wouldn't offer him a long term deal and Avs got pissed because he stank on the ice.
Quincey got traded because he was going to be too expensive to retain for what he brings on the ice. Now he's in Detroit making $3.7M/year.
There isn't really anything to this theory that Avs trade players who drive hard bargains these days other than a narrative that this forum uses. Basically it's assumed that players who are traded are traded because of their contract demands, thus Avs trade players who are tough negotiators.
If it makes you happy, you are free to await the inevitable O'Reilly trade because of his trouble maker nature.
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