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03-25-2013, 05:50 PM
Master Lok
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Originally Posted by Frank the Tank View Post
Two things set-up Hall and Eberle's contracts: 1) Jeff Skinner's 2nd contract, and 2) the Oilers' marketing department that established these two as the future of the team. Skinner's contract set their market price and the marketing department ensured that any attempt to play hardball against this price would result in a huge public backlash.
I disagree with the second. Management has to have the stones to not cave to every agent demand, especially on long term deals. Take a look at PK Subban's contract - did Montreal build him up as the future of the team? You betcha. Did the GM cave in? Heck no.

Any GM who doesn't have the stones to risk public backlash shouldn't be doing their job. Remember Lowe's trading of Ryan Smyth as the Messier jersey ceremony? I disagreed with the trade but respected the stones it took.

And just how stupid is the public anyways? Business is business and a lower contract now means more money for other players and hopefully a better team.

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