I got an E-mail this morning from my cousin. She works in the Canucks building part-time, and she sent me an E-mail about saying how heard it on the radio as well. I'll check the radio & let you guys know if they mention it.
My hope is that these negoitations don't get mean and ugly. That's up to Burke. He has to keep it at a professional business level. I'm not blaming him for taking a stance on the Umberger contract but hope he doesn't get negative, such as saying why Umberger is not good enough to get what he's asking. If the difference is 300 k. then they should be able to come sort of settlement if the Canucks really want to get him. If they protract negoitations then Umberger may be seen as more valuable to the team as trading chip.
IMO he will get signed. RJ's agent may say he is willing to sit out the year, but when push comes to shove that will hurt his players value even more. I think a deal will get done in the next few days, but he is going to have a lot of catching up to do, and I hope he shows up in shape.
BTW, here is what the agent is trying to negotiate, from the current CBA ....
The maximum annual Compensation, including any bonuses
for games played, permitted to be paid to a Group I Player shall
be as follows:
It stops there but one can assume for the 2001 draft year the max would be 1.125.
And there is no way his agent is pushing for a 1 way deal. I have read that rumor all over the internet and it is completely false. The CBA strictly forbids it. Here is the article that talks about rookie contracts ...
9.4. Minor League Compensation. Each Player Contract entered
into with a Rookie in the Entry Level System shall automatically
be deemed to be a "two way" contract
Put those one way contract demands to bed. They are not a part of these negotiations.
Having said all that, hopefully a middle ground is obtained, and like I said, I think one will be found. It does Umberger no good to sit out a season and become a UFA right before a pending labor war. I hope he gets some good advice from his agent.