Greg Sherman & Co - Record as Colorado Avalanche GM
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03-02-2013, 12:05 PM
Join Date: Aug 2003
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Just because you don't want to pay someone something doesn't mean you're not ok with paying it if the situation calls for it. I think for us the issue was less the money involved, and more so the principle of not buckling and not being the ones to offer the big money.
And that's what we did, now our kids know that if they're going to be stubborn about getting more money out of the avs their only choice is to hold out until they find an OS they want, that's a pretty serious pressure in future negotiations.
The whole notion of "principle" is what got the Avs into this mess. There's a time to be principled, and there's a time to be pragmatic. The Avs acted arrogantly to their own detriment and now they're paying the consequences. $9 million of them in fact.
They could've negotiated a less expensive deal and kept their salary structure largely intact. They didn't, and now they have to deal with the consequences not just with O'Reilly, but their other star players as well.
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