Right, but why would it do this in the first place?
What compelled Lou to seek out the league to investigate was the sense that he was not negotiating with the Stevens camp - that they already had a deal in place.
"In a process of negotiations, when they are ongoing and you are speaking, you can usually sense when there is something else involved,'' Lamoriello said. ''I sensed that I was talking to myself. I just felt as though there was something funny in the way things transpired, the way things went. I was the sole person that could be negotiating, but I felt very strongly reading some of the articles that did come out of St. Louis and things I was hearing, that something happened."
The Wild have no need to say that they will blow Zach out of the water. Zach's agents have to know that already.
Just the way it didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the Blues would be interested in Stevens.
The obviousness that the Wild are prepared to make a giant offer does not impact whether a particular scenario amounts to tampering. The only issue right now is what actually happened. Perhaps Nanne was simply talking out of his ass, in which case that would be the end of the story. My opinion though is that there's enough there there to raise antennae of the powers that be. You couple that with rumors from Minnesota press that actually state dollar figures, I think the case for some kind of inquiry is even stronger. (Point it out if I'm wrong, but I haven't even heard Єklund (2.3% accurate) or hockeyinsiderr claim to have sources stating contract amounts that would be offered to Suter by another team or any other past high profile UFAs).
If anything, I think Lou's quote actually proves my point when he refers to "reading some of the articles".
ADDENDUM: As to why the Wild would do this, sometimes people just act stupidly, or think they can get away with it. You could ask why St. Louis did what it did knowing that they could get in trouble for it.
Edited by Daniel, 28 June 2012 - 01:26 PM.
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