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07-24-2013, 09:31 PM
Kriss E
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Originally Posted by Agnostic View Post
You're barking up the wrong tree . It's all about controlling the player and balancing that against cost . These things are foremost on every GM 's mind not just Bergevin's .
I think you're giving too much credit to Bergevin, and if that's really the issue than the deal could have been one of a year short from UFA. If PK was too amped up on getting UFA years, then he will not re-sign an 8 year deal. If he refused to do so before, then I don't see how he would agree to one now with a Norris in hand. He is eligible for arbitration now, Bergevin won't be able to force anything on him anymore to the point of sitting out.

In any event we will pay him 7-8M now, unless MB pulls a bunny out of his hat. We won't be taking advantage of a Norris winner at a below value deal.

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