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01-16-2013, 10:09 PM
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The system caused this as much as any 'change' in Lou. Lou tried to get Parise locked up last year too, but he wasn't biting - and with good reason. He got tens of millions more by waiting to UFA. The most Zajac would get by waiting is maybe $5 million and that's only if some GM went bat**** crazy and gave him a 7-51 deal, which wasn't likely to happen with a ton of teams cutting payroll this offseason.
How do you know he didn't talk with Parise? The only reason we know he did talk with Zajac is Zajac signed the deal. If Zajac hadn't signed we'd all be ***ching about do-nothing Lou once again.
It seems like Zach was on his way out regardless but if you give a guy the option of waiting a month then he probably does it.
If you're talking about the year before then that presumes Lou knew what the situation was becoming and how it was unfolding and should have anticipated him leaving UFA anyway. That doesn't appear to be the case.
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