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02-06-2013, 12:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Tender Rip View Post
I don't buy this. We have been a cap-team for some years now, and we are currently 10 million below. This has nothing to do with pinching pennies.

I rather think they simply didn't want to lose the 'guarantee' that Lovejoy is due to having played enough games in the NHL to be counted on as a 7th D-man. As Strait probably couldn't return much of anything in a trade prior to getting to the show, Shero would rather gamble on him clearing than take a conditional 5th pick for him or something like that.

Like most here, I think that was a wrong decision, but I do understand the argument if they were that unsure Strait, Borts and (less so) Despres could get the job done.
Who knows. I wouldn't totally discount the finances since neither was going to be in the plans beyond this season. I mean it's worth paying the difference if one is in the plans beyond this season but I don't think either was so why do it.

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