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09-17-2013, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by GAGLine View Post
Every negotiation is based on previously set precedents. The arguments come from each side having a different idea of which precedents fit the current situation. Stepan's agent probably looks at what Duchene got and thinks his client deserves the same. Sather maybe looks at what Kadri got and thinks Stepan only deserves a little more than that.

Richards is in no way, shape or form a comparable contract. Sather knows this. Stepan's agent knows this. His agent isn't going to tell Sather that Stepan deserves more than what Richards got, though I'm sure he will argue that Stepan is the #1 center on the Rangers and therefore deserves more than is being offered.

Agents know how the game works. They don't compare RFA contract to UFA contracts. They compare other players that were recently in the same situation as their client.
I'd trade Stepan for Duchene without blinking.

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