Posted 28 February 2014 - 05:28 PM
Ok i'm curious...
Let's sayyyyyyy Lou offers Cory a long-term fair deal this summer and that he turns it down. Now let's say you're Lou, what do you do?
1- See if you can trade him and figure out another option in net ASAP before it's too late.
2- Wait 'til the trade deadline to see where the team is and retry negotiations with him.
3- Wait til after the season hoping he'll simply resign
If there's any other options feel free to share.
2a- Go for it all in 2014-15, say fvck it and keep Cory, make a couple of right-now type moves (especially if Jagr re-signs, and let's face it, Elias isn't getting any younger). If those moves don't work out (sometimes teams built to win in the short-term don't jell at all), you can still move him before the deadline. Do I necessarily agree with this option 100%? No, but this option does exist. It's definitely a "push every last chip into the center of the table" mentality, and it's risky as hell, and it could blow up monumentally.
If Cory insists on testing UFA with Lou offering what is likely to be his best offer, I think Cory's probably gone after the season. I'm really hoping Lou gets Cory to stay this offseason. Option B, whatever it would be, would probably be very hard to take.
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