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04-04-2013, 05:17 PM
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Richter Scale
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@ Off sides: It is pretty ridiculous to suggest that Sather planned to move Gabby all along, so purposely had Torts undermining him the whole season. That is just ridiculous. The guy simply didn't show up to play this season. Now, I could buy that they had plans to move him at some point down the line because they had no plans to re-sign him and didn't want to lose him for nothing. But suggesting there was this elaborate conspiracy theory to tank his #s so he would waive his NTC is pretty ridiculous...

- It hurts the team this season - and you're kidding yourself if Sather or Torts wanted to just give up on this season after having gotten to the ECF last year.

- It hurts Gabby's value in a trade.

- It wastes a year off of core guys' careers' that they are trying to build a contender around.

- And perhaps worst of all, it wastes years on other key pieces' ELCs and low $$ contracts (McD, Hags, Step, MDZ, Kreider, Miller, Stralman). All of those are guys who sometime in the next two years, if re-signed, will be getting anywhere from slight to significant raises. Look at the stanley cup teams since the cap was introduced and you'll see that many of them were able to get that far - at least in part - because they were able to build stacked rosters by taking advantage of the years when they had top young players on cheap contracts. It makes no sense to waste those years purposely sabotaging your team.

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