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11-30-2013, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Common Toronto Captain negotiating ploy - George Armstrong retired a few times. Also coincidental to Jean Beliveau signing a mega contract before the 1953-54 season.

Actually shows the opposite of what you are trying to show since writers did not look kindly on players that leveraged contracts in this fashion.
Well, if you ask the question "how could they know", I'm going to answer simply and accurately "he said so", which is exactly what I was trying to show. And he did retire, so... Whether others had done the "same thing" before or not (surely "common" implies that George Armstrong isn't the only other notable case among contemporaries - forget about the fact that Armstrong would have done it many years after Kennedy), to the best of my knowledge it was the first time Kennedy ever voiced such a thing, so who wouldn't have taken it seriously??

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