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01-25-2012, 11:38 AM
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So much for him resting this weekend, but good for him, totally deserved

Now I hope he doesn't use this when he is talking about his next contract

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That was a pretty classy move by Ovechkin, I have to admit.

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01-25-2012, 03:18 PM
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That was a pretty classy move by Ovechkin, I have to admit.
Classy? That's one way of looking at it.

Others might view it as him pouting over his suspension and choosing to vacation instead of going to the ASG

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01-25-2012, 03:45 PM
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Am I the only one who thinks that Neal might actually take a bit of a drop in his future paycheck to stay with the Penguins? He really seems to love it here, and by Malkins side.

Maybe I'm just being naive though.

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01-25-2012, 04:01 PM
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Am I the only one who thinks that Neal might actually take a bit of a drop in his future paycheck to stay with the Penguins? He really seems to love it here, and by Malkins side.

Maybe I'm just being naive though.
Given his past negotiations with Dallas came down to the wire of missing training camp, I'd say that's pretty wishful thinking. His agent appears to have no problem playing hardball. Shero seems to have Jedi powers when contract time comes around, though, so who knows.

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01-25-2012, 04:54 PM
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Given his past negotiations with Dallas came down to the wire of missing training camp, I'd say that's pretty wishful thinking. His agent appears to have no problem playing hardball. Shero seems to have Jedi powers when contract time comes around, though, so who knows.
I thought it was Dallas that was trying to lowball him, and that was why his past negotiations went the way they did.

Shero seemed pretty confident in saying that when a deal needed to be done it would get done, and that he's worked with Neal's agent before. I'll take solace in that fact.

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Classy? That's one way of looking at it.

Others might view it as him pouting over his suspension and choosing to vacation instead of going to the ASG
He means classy as in giving his spot to Neal classy...i think? hard to know for sure on message boards, but that's what i got when i read that.

edit- They better not split Malkin, and Neal up...that would be stupid.

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01-26-2012, 07:18 AM
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Am I the only one who thinks that Neal might actually take a bit of a drop in his future paycheck to stay with the Penguins? He really seems to love it here, and by Malkins side.

Maybe I'm just being naive though.
James Neal would be very wise to resign with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Even if it means making less by sticking. Remember, he's a complimentary player. His production on the ice is indicative of who his linemates are. We saw how he produced with a power play specialist/4th liner on ES in Mark Letestu, and a flat uninterested and lazy Alexei Kovalev. The better the talent he plays with the better he does. He's good for Evgeni Malkin, but much more-so on the flip side.

He's having a dream season playing shotgun to Geno. He goes anywhere else and he doesn't produce anywhere near the clip he has playing alongside #71. Signing for 5 million US in the Burgh (granted he'll get more), is still great money considering he would not get that kind of money if he was getting around 20-25 goals and 40-50 points per season like he was in Dallas. He also has seemed to break through his label of Mr. October/November.

He leaves Pittsburgh, he hurts his long term value more than anything. Even if he signed else where for 7 million (won't happen, but hypothetically speaking), if he can't maintain his high level of productivity of this season, his value and the dollar amount he could command for salary would drop drastically. No, if Neal and his agent had half a brain (combined), he would stay put.

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01-26-2012, 01:03 PM
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James Neal would be very wise to resign with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Even if it means making less by sticking. Remember, he's a complimentary player. His production on the ice is indicative of who his linemates are. We saw how he produced with a power play specialist/4th liner on ES in Mark Letestu, and a flat uninterested and lazy Alexei Kovalev. The better the talent he plays with the better he does. He's good for Evgeni Malkin, but much more-so on the flip side.

He's having a dream season playing shotgun to Geno. He goes anywhere else and he doesn't produce anywhere near the clip he has playing alongside #71. Signing for 5 million US in the Burgh (granted he'll get more), is still great money considering he would not get that kind of money if he was getting around 20-25 goals and 40-50 points per season like he was in Dallas. He also has seemed to break through his label of Mr. October/November.

He leaves Pittsburgh, he hurts his long term value more than anything. Even if he signed else where for 7 million (won't happen, but hypothetically speaking), if he can't maintain his high level of productivity of this season, his value and the dollar amount he could command for salary would drop drastically. No, if Neal and his agent had half a brain (combined), he would stay put.
The job of an agent is to get his client as much money as possible. I can't comment on whether or not Neal would like to remain in Pittsburgh but it seems like he's got a good situation going on. I'd like to think a deal will get done but he has no reason to give the Pens a hometown discount. This is Neal's chance to have a huge payday and I fully expect him to do just that.

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The job of an agent is to get his client as much money as possible. I can't comment on whether or not Neal would like to remain in Pittsburgh but it seems like he's got a good situation going on. I'd like to think a deal will get done but he has no reason to give the Pens a hometown discount. This is Neal's chance to have a huge payday and I fully expect him to do just that.
I thought the job of an agent was to make his client happy. If you have an unhappy client, then that agent is likely to be fired. If the client wants money, then the agent is supposed to get him that. If the client wants to give the team he's currently playing for a discount because he wants to stay there, then the agent is supposed to find a way to get that done as well.

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