Derek Stepan Negotiations (9/19-Dreger: "Unlikely" Stepan signs before season opens)
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09-17-2013, 12:25 PM
Join Date: Aug 2012
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Because you can't let Stepan sit out forever, besides who cares about 250k. If that's what it takes to get him signed, do it.
In principle I agree with you, just get the deal done. But in the context of reality, not so much. If Sather consistently took the attitude that $250k wasn't a big deal, he would:
A. Not be a good negotiator in a cap world.
B. All those meaningless $250k's would add up over several signings to mean you wouldn't be able to field as great a team as if you pushed to save that quarter million on each signing.
If you save just $250k on each of 6 players by taking a hard line on negotiations, suddenly you have the difference between being able to pick up a depth forward/defensemen/whatever at a $1 mil salary or a $2.5 mil salary. Or a 1st liner for $6 mil or $7.5 mil. Or the difference between being able to sign a future RFA/UFA or having to let them walk. All of which have the potential to make a pretty big difference in the composition of your future roster.
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