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03-28-2006, 11:21 AM
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Maybe if the organization hadn't tried to negotiate in public, Mitchell would have been less unhappy about the situation. It was an unusually cheap and classless act by the organization. If you don't like what a players' agent has offered, you don't go into the public and talk about the details of the contract negotiations.

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03-28-2006, 11:33 AM
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they said he turned down 3.5 after he was already in dallas...not b4 they dealt him.

and anyways, he's willie mitchell, we got more then fair return for him, and theres what 20+ better UFA D men then him anyways.

No need to fret over him..

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03-28-2006, 11:40 AM
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Maybe if the organization hadn't tried to negotiate in public, Mitchell would have been less unhappy about the situation. It was an unusually cheap and classless act by the organization. If you don't like what a players' agent has offered, you don't go into the public and talk about the details of the contract negotiations.
As Chrisd said, it was after the fact. At that point, I think the team owes the fans and paying customers an explanation. If the player doesn't like it, I'm sorry but that's just tough.

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03-28-2006, 11:49 AM
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The organization also has a responsibility to conduct itself in a professional manner when dealing with the contracts of its employees. Stunts such as this are not going to encourage other players that the team is a desirable employer. When they decided to do this is irrelevant and doesn't change the fact that it likely is a major contributing factor to Mitchell's disappointment with the organization.

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03-28-2006, 01:14 PM
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We did this with Gaborik....

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03-28-2006, 01:18 PM
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The organization also has a responsibility to conduct itself in a professional manner when dealing with the contracts of its employees. Stunts such as this are not going to encourage other players that the team is a desirable employer. When they decided to do this is irrelevant and doesn't change the fact that it likely is a major contributing factor to Mitchell's disappointment with the organization.
I think that's a pretty heavy overreaction. How often do we hear about contract numbers? All the time. This is really mild. Negotiations never even got ugly here. If there's anything that Willie's got a gripe about it's probably the Lemaire quote about going for the money.

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03-28-2006, 01:22 PM
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We did this with Gaborik....
Actually, Gaborik's ex-agents started the media stuff. This team seems to be generally very tight-lipped about contract negotiations. Usually we don't know what's going on, to the point of causing all sorts of bizarre speculation by fans and media alike.

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03-28-2006, 05:09 PM
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Maybe if the organization hadn't tried to negotiate in public, Mitchell would have been less unhappy about the situation. It was an unusually cheap and classless act by the organization. If you don't like what a players' agent has offered, you don't go into the public and talk about the details of the contract negotiations.

I can totally understand where you're coming from, but I do sympathize with the Wild management a little too. They've been labeled the cheapest organization in sports for half a decade. And I guarantee that 90% of the Minnesota public would have assumed we went cheap again. If I was Bob Neagle, I'd probably want to avoid that slam again, especially if it wasn't true. Which it wasn't. Doesn't make their announcement appropriate, but it does make it understandable IMO. Willie was a very popular player and Wild fans would have jumped down the organization's throat if it didn't have a good reason to let him go.

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