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07-24-2013, 10:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Kriss E View Post
The bridge deal had absolutely nothing to do with trying to buy UFA years off. That was not the objective.
Yes it absolutely does! With your way (5 year deal), he's under contract for 5 years, then becomes a UFA. With the bridge deal, he signed for two years, is a RFA with limited rights, then signs the 8 year deal before becoming a UFA. So you're comparing overpaying for two years (the first two) and having him a total of 5 years until UFA, and underpaying for two years (the first two) and having him for 10 years before becoming a UFA. Immense difference but of course, to fully understand, one must also know the difference between UFA and RFA leverage when negotiating contract.

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Originally Posted by Kriss E View Post
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.
Personally, I think that you're underestimating Bergevin. He seems like a very smart hockey man from what everyone around the NHL is saying.

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