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#21 Derek21

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 03:18 PM

It was a rumor Has. But the Rangers weren't willing to spend the money like some other team$.

Edited by Derek21, 23 August 2005 - 03:32 PM.

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 04:33 PM

He is just playing his options correctly....why not get UFA status for leverage. Lou shouldn't allways get the hammer.
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Posted 23 August 2005 - 04:43 PM

Because neither of them are working with a hammer now, Jason. If history with Brodeur and Stevens is any guide, both are trying to work out a deal that is both fair value for Elias, and will allow New Jersey to be a winning team.

What UFAs receive is not 'market value' - it is well above what a real market would pay for any given player.
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Posted 23 August 2005 - 05:55 PM

Because neither of them are working with a hammer now, Jason.  If history with Brodeur and Stevens is any guide, both are trying to work out a deal that is both fair value for Elias, and will allow New Jersey to be a winning team.

What UFAs receive is not 'market value' - it is well above what a real market would pay for any given player.

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You right Lou doesn't have the hammer now but he did up till this contract. All I am saying is it is smart for Elias to check all options and only signa 1 year deal. It would be foolish for him to sign 4 or 5 years right now.
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Posted 23 August 2005 - 05:59 PM

I think it's a smart move. I mean, c'mon people, it's not like he's getting over the flu. Regardless of A or C, hepatitus is very serious and who knows if his ability will be affected when he comes back. It's not like it was signed out of animosity. It's a smart move because I would much rather the organization be able to cut their losses after 1 season if Elias comes back and isnt effective.

If he is able to play the way he's used to playing, they'll re-negotiate and he'll be back next season. Instead of being so pessimistic, let's have a bit of optimism.
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Posted 23 August 2005 - 06:19 PM

But Jas0n, what if the salary cap ceiling were to come down after this season? That would result in lower monetary offers. It's kind of like Niedermayer shunning the Devils' offer last summer so he could test the waters of free agency. He still made out well, but it's two steps below NJ's previous offer.

Not trying to be snippy, it's an honest question.

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 06:35 PM

Sorry but if I were the Devils, in this situation, I'd only give him one year and see how he does first before committing a long-term deal like some of the other teams are doing with their stars.
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Posted 23 August 2005 - 07:48 PM

Hopefully his mind hasn't changed since he made the quote that is in my signature.
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Posted 23 August 2005 - 07:51 PM

But Jas0n, what if the salary cap ceiling were to come down after this season? That would result in lower monetary offers. It's kind of like Niedermayer shunning the Devils' offer last summer so he could test the waters of free agency. He still made out well, but it's two steps below NJ's previous offer.

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Actually given the rollback, Nieds would probably be making about $6 million post-cap if he'd signed the rumored $8 million deal so in a strange way it worked out for him, even though he ironically took the lesser offer from the Ducks.
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