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07-31-2013, 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by MrNasty View Post
Great article but one thing is fails to mention is how it affects the expectations of future young players looking to skip a bridge contract. Suddenly the team has to spread the wealth over fewer quality players and risk losing them when they turn UFA at a couple years younger. The bridge contract sets a precedence which shows fairness to past players that had to wait and tells future players they have to wait. The team as a whole is better off that way.
If MB tries to repeat this experiment, I don't think the result with Subban will prevent Galchenyuk or Gallagher from signing an offer sheet or holding out longer. This time around, Habs management was lucky that the team got off to a hot start and that Subban was willing to settle for a low offer. Next they might not be so lucky.

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