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04-11-2013, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by coldsteelonice84 View Post
I remember, guys like Kariya, Jagr, Forsberg. None of which Bill would have any interest in. I just find it odd that his plan ended up costing him a lot of money he would not have otherwise spent. It was good for the league overall but Bill took it up the ass on that one.
Yeah hawks spent more than they would have but it was a longterm type thing. When salaries are escalated that means all FA are going to get more because of what the big boys can offer. For example, Bobby Holik got 5 years/$45 million from the Rangers in 2002. That's mind-boggling for a peak mid-60s point player who had recently been a mid-50s point 32 year old player.

I can see why Wirtz would be hard-line on wanting to put an end to that.

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