Why did the Maple Leafs decide against signing Wayne Gretzky as a free agent in 1996?
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01-26-2013, 02:07 PM
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Fletcher, in his first coming as Toronto GM, had all but worked out the details of a free agent contract with Barnett when Leafs’ owner Steve Stavro put the kibosh on the deal
So if scenario two actually took place, was the inference that Fletcher was under the apprehension he was empowered to include equity in the Leafs as part of a FA contract? Or that CF had included equity in the contract as a gamble that once passed by the board would be accepted? Or did Barnett contact Stavro's people outside of Fletcher's negotiations, put the request in no uncertain terms, after which all contract discussion was then stopped?
If it's the first scenario, the move sounds possible but the reasoning doesn't. Doesn't mean Stavro acting out of irrational justification isn't possible, just appears odd for a business man of his stature to do so, as depicted. I mean...Toronto has problems filling it's seats? Come on...I think the numbers didn't seem justified to SS plain and simple.
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