Thread: Proposal: Gormley to the Islanders
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01-12-2013, 08:17 AM
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Originally Posted by doaner View Post
Yeah. 30! That's like, WAY old!!! LOL
With Klesla, it's more a matter of whether or not he's a flight risk.

All things considered, the Isles need contractual control. With Klesla about to hit FA status, it simply isn't a case like Bailey where he's both younger and RFA who can be retained or dealt yet cannot simply walk. No one trades a good multi-year contract to another team and FA's like to ignore the Islanders, so the next best solution is simply to use contracts as leverage - draft well and hold those rights - if the player becomes superfluous at some point or shows that they'd benefit form a change in scenery, they're still valued thusly tradable for a smart return. Both teams win.

Bailey for Klesla isn't going to hold water. The Isles don't just trade for needs; they trade for the sort of contract leverage they won't get with Rostislav Klesla, or any other soon-to-be-UFA.

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