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06-19-2013, 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by nuclear reactor View Post
Not sure what you are basing this history of Holmgren overpaying in trades on.
Maybe you're right. I don't know if I should say trades or just signings in general. His attempts to sign players (and his successes in signing players) are often overpayments seemingly to keep others from signing them. Briere was signed when the market had three UFA centers; Gomez, Drury, and Briere. He overpaid to get one of these centers. He overpaid to get Bryzgalov to make sure he got the supposed best goalie on the market. He overpaid to get Emminger for no real reason. He overpaid for Walker, overpaid for Shelley. Holmgren stirkes me as someone who will get what he wants even if it means overpayment. When other teams are involved (or even when not) he seems to up the ante, at least with contracts. If the Devils and Islanders are involved in trying to get Bernier, I think the Kings can just jack the price up and Holmgren will bite. Maybe I'm too harsh. I just think his lack of patience often makes him undervalue his assets. The trade of Versteeg comes to mind.

Although, I do think he got great value for Richards and Carter.

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