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Really good explaination of how Bergevin did right thing with subban.
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07-31-2013, 06:21 PM
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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.
and in terms of precedent setting, it's just as possible that what the Subban situation does is entice/encourage younger players coming up for RFA deals to view signing another teams offer sheet as the only way they'll get "what they deserve".
Subban, both publicly and privately, was adamant about wanting to play in Montreal and wanting to be a hab. For all the criticism he gets for his on-ice personality, what some people seem to miss is that he is exactly the type of player who thrives/feeds off of the kind of boisterous fan support we have in montreal...
as we well know, not all players can handle that added pressure. Knowing that your team/GM is going to use the "bridge" philosophy as a sledgehammer in negotiating the RFA years could easily be just one more incentive to get out of town...
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