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03-12-2013, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by opendoor View Post
You can't compel guys to sign with your team. Much like Garrison and Hamhuis, Parise was pretty much set on playing close to home so Vancouver was never an option; Kovalchuk was never even a UFA; and Gaborik was always a long shot, even if you don't account for the fact that the Canucks simply didn't have the cap space in 09-10 to give Gaborik that kind of money and actually fill out the team.
Kovalchuk was a UFA but he also wanted to stay in NJ or go to LA, he only considered those two places and that was widely reported at the time. In fact, it was even speculated that he wasn't even considering LA and was just milking the Devils.

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