Clarkson at a contract between $5-6 million is enormously laughable. I would pity the team that does that. He's not worth more than $2.5, and that's being generous.
I don't blame Lamoriello for operating the way he does though. You are an "employee" of the Devils, and you are expected to perform until your contract is over. That totally manifests "professionalism" on the athlete's part.
Many will argue that "morale" is affected when contracts are in limbo because a player needs to know what he will be doing next season and how he will feed his family.
I don't buy that argument all so much, especially when a player has made well over $30 million NET over the course of their contract and shouldn't be hurting for cash or a job the next season.
Talking contract during the year can be considered a "dirty conversation." That's like going out to dinner with a friend and discussing who's gonna pay the bill before the appetizer makes its way to the table. It's awkward and it takes the focus off the moment.
Lou believes in the SPORT and not necessarily the business. I can admire him for that.
Edited by Mitico12, 10 April 2013 - 06:06 PM.