one of my big problem with Lou and the way he handled Zach or any UFA situation waiting last minute is that we're losing them for NOTHING.
i mean obviously if you're in a position to make a run or in the playoffs it's hard to go and trade away some of your top players, and the team is more important than one player.
But the way he's doing it he's really putting himself in a corner and it's a HUGE gamble.
If he knows he wants to re-sign a certain UFA, approach him in the season and if you see that the players want to wait for free agency... means he may have a foot out of the door already, so well it might suck to trade one of your top player but it's a business, play hard ball. and its only common sense...
THIS is what Lou should have done with Zach and should do with any top players:
"Buddy you can either re-sign now if you really want to be here we'll deal the numbers and get it done but if you want to be here we'll make it happen, if you want to test the market and see the interest out there, I cannot risk losing you for nothing so i have to deal you for assets and if you can't get a good offer you can still re-sign here in july but i CAN'T lose you for nothing. The ball is in your court now."
Nothing wrong with that approach, it's not disrespectful, it's only common sense. Players and agents would understand the situation and it's putting you in a situation to really bounce back and set yourself to find solutions faster. You're in the driver seat then. And you can get a bigger return than if you trade him after the season for free agency, cause teams knows then the guy want to test the market, you dont give up assets and trade for his rights risking to lose him too like Philly with Hamhuis.
Edited by SterioDesign, 21 April 2013 - 12:54 PM.