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04-11-2013, 05:13 PM
Join Date: Jul 2003
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Difference with Voynov is that he never had the chance to leave. The summer he left is when the NHL and KHL signed their MOU to respect each other's contracts. Voynov has had a valid NHL contract for the past 5 seasons. Never once had any chance he could leave. He has not had the option to leave at all.
There's also twice as many forwards as defensemen on a roster, so Voynov's chances of a call up weren't nearly as good. It's worth noting that 20 forwards played for the Kings in 2010-2011, and he wasn't one of them. That probably stung a bit.
From everything I've heard, it wasn't just about the money(although it's obviously a pretty big difference), not by a longshot. It had a lot to do with him taking his destiny into his own hands instead of waiting around for a cup of coffee that might never come. Considering how highly sought after he'll likely be this year, can't say it didn't work out for him. Can't blame a guy for betting on himself.
Obviously DL isn't some huge failure as a GM for letting him slip away, especially when he won a cup 10 months ago, but he does deserve a lot of blame, especially considering how unnecessary it all was. Even if it was clear he wouldn't entice Bud to sign, why not trade his rights? He surely could've recovered something for him, and now will lose him for nothing. Poor asset management IMO.
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