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02-20-2004, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Toonces
John LeClair gets a bad rap only because he makes way too much money for his offensive production. Everybody knew he was in decline, but Clarke still gave him a obscenely fat contract because I guess he felt he owed him.
He got the big contract for two reasons.

#1. Clarke was making up for the years when LeClair was underpaid.

#2. They felt that if they didn't re-sign LeClair they wouldn't have been able to attract other big name free-agents. Namely Roenick. If LeClair walked, no chance that JR signs in Philly.

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