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02-22-2004, 12:17 AM
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Originally Posted by discostu
Despite Muckler's comments, I'm a little skeptical that picking up Bondra's contract is a lock. It's not because of limitations of the Ottawa market, I think that it may not make perfect business sense.

With the uncertainty of the CBA in the balance, I'm suprised Muckler can decide at this point that renewing Bondra is a smart move, when the contract status of players like Alfredson, Chara, Lalime, Havlat, etc. all still need to be decided. Despite the change in the financial structure of the team, this team still has to maintain a budget (albeit, that budget's a little bigger nowadays). It's hard to know for certain if Bondra will fit in that structure before the status of some of the team's more important core elements are in place.
Is Chara's contract up at the end of the year? If so...I'd place more importance on getting Chara signed first. I love the core of this team and I'd hate to see someone like Chara, Alf, or Havlat go.

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