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12-20-2012, 04:34 PM
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What we saw was owners in larger markets basically waging economic warfare against smaller markets. And then on the other side, we saw stupidity in the front office as well. Philadelphia signed Chris Gratton to that obscene offer sheet (costing them four first-rounders), and Tampa threw them right back for Mikael Renberg and Karl Dykhuis.
Even Karmanos signing Fedorov to the offer sheet was something like this, although there was also the personal feud element with Ilitch.
Karmanos was a small market owner that triggered one of the offer sheets that blew the lid off salaries. The other one of course was NYR's offer to Sakic. What do you call Jacobs offer sheet to Marty Lapointe when he was with Detroit?
See, it's really difficult to blame the players when it was the owners' sometimes petty personal disputes that drove some of this stuff. There was pressure as well, pressure to keep their stars and to become or remain competitive. I don't think that happens when talent is abundant.
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