Derek Stepan Negotiations (9/19-Dreger: "Unlikely" Stepan signs before season opens)
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09-15-2013, 08:21 PM
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You mean get paid a fair bit more than the comparables? Because he's being that guy.
The comparables are not relevant in this instance. The market has shrunk. There are not very many unsigned, near ppg kids available any more. If you are a team that cannot attract a free agent or keep a traded-for player, an offer sheet might save the GM his job. It's not unreasonable.
Calgary didn't hire Burke for no reason. Burke is a publicity machine, able to face tough topics and remain on point. He can easily handle the fallout from an offer sheet.
Vancouver has nothing to lose as far as popularity goes. They have no third line center, as yet. I think the Canuck coach might be familiar with this young player, too.
By the way, good luck in the new season. I'm a big fan of Vigneault. He was never the problem in Vancouver.
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