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03-04-2013, 12:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Tiranis View Post
Malhotra? Sundin? Demitra? More to the point, how many BC boys actually wanted to come back prior to him becoming a GM? Because Scott Niedermeyer and Paul Kariya certainly didn't, nor did Joe Sakic.
Manny was a big part of the team up until his injury but I wouldn't call him a big fish. He was a third liner. The other two were on the downside of their careers (plus the ridiculous money thrown at Sundin hardly speaks to any skill on Gillis' part). When attracting FAs, the hometown connection is a significant lever. I think it's a reason why Parise and Suter signed with the Wild. I don't think Vancouver is a stand out destination for FAs.

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