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07-16-2013, 07:13 PM
Myron Gaines*
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There are players who got market value with their first RFA contract who progressed and there are players that failed to do so. It's a risk every GM takes knowing what kind of individual the player in question is.

In Subban's case, it was as sure as it can be that he was the kind of player you give market value right away, even moreso if he wants longterm. Even remotely assuming that the low ball offer and contract signing gave Subban the extra motivation to become the best D-man in the game is an unjustified doubt towards his character, which he has in abundance.

A lot of fans knew we had an exception player that warranted that kind of treatment and Bergevin failed to do so. Thankfully and luckily, Subban is dedicated to the organization and gets where Bergevin came from...or at least is trying hard to do so. Bergevin could've very well given him market value minus the term, but he didn't. It's a clear indication of how much Bergevin believed in him. He low balled one of the best young Dmans in the game and it looks much worse now.

In my book, it was a clear mistake by MB and the entire credit goes to Subban, the coaching staff and his teammates. We don't know what may have caused Bergevin to doubt Subban in the first place, but all I know is that everytime someone has ever doubted the man, he proves them wrong with panache. Same story, same result with our GM.

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