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07-02-2007, 11:53 PM
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SmokeyClause
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This loss was frustrating to me for one reason and one reason only. It shows the current impotence of the organization that we could not sign someone we coveted.

That being said, on the ice, this is hardly a big a deal as some are making. In the most important 40-game stretch in Predator history (the last 35 games of last season), Kariya played some of the least inspired hockey of his career. He just didn't merit the contract that was given.

In his last 35 games (from Feb on), he scored 7 goals, had only 21 points, and was a -13. He was held scoreless in 16 of the 35 games! During that stretch, we went from 3 points up on Detroit to 3 points down. How do you justify giving a substantial payraise to your 'face of the franchise' when he plays like that?

You hate losing the guy who gave you legitimacy in the eyes of many. But I can't see how anyone could rationalize keeping him at that price tag with his play.

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