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01-21-2013, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Lonewolfe2015 View Post
I guess I just view it a little differently. Signing in Russia wasn't so much a ploy to me as it was his way of playing with his brother. While I don't agree with the decision, I sympathize with him as I too would want to play with my brother if in his shoes.

Can it really hurt to give him 500k more short term? I suppose it depends on what the negotiation room is like with Sherman.
I disagree. Signing in Russia and putting a 2 year - $8M dollar (rumored) FLOOR on the contract to beat by the Avs, IS in my opinion, a ploy.

What it does is, it takes away the opportunity for the Avs to offer him a 1 year - $3.5M deal for this shortened season and have him further prove his worth as a $4M or $5M player. They could then continue to negotiate during and after the season on a multi-year extension.

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