Life sucks more if you don't have the guts to do something about it as well. Or are you calling Bill Russell and a$$hole
The owners would fvck over any player for a buck. This kid has the chance to make more money going somewhere else and help his career because he is that good and has the leverage to do so and people are literally begging him to do it. I have not heard any argument against this other then some bullsh!t of honoring the draft process which other players have played before so why would it be different now?
There's more than one way out of a lousy situation. You're saying that it takes guts to look for the best circumstances for success and go there. I'm more inclined to believe that it takes more guts to believe that you yourself can change the circumstances around you and create the success through your own efforts. In the end it's not simply about the money. These are athletes. They play the game at the highest level in the world. They do things that others only dream of doing. If they didn't have the belief in themselves that they can make things happen they wouldn't be where they are today.
There have been very few (Eric Lindros being the only one I can recall in hockey) that have done what you're talking about doing. There have been a few more that have found other ways to circumvent the way things are done (Mike Van Ryn being one of these), but these are the exceptions to the rule. Should Edmonton continue to be a Mickey Mouse franchise (yes, it feels good to say that the other way) and hogging up first overall picks? Well they're doing things to make that more unlikely with the new draft lottery rules starting next year.
Think about it this way: the Devils and Penguins were both Mickey Mouse franchises (one was actually labeled as such by hockey's most renowned ambassador) and Mario Lemieux was on the line and Pittsburgh tanked to get him. If he had done what you're talking about that team wouldn't exist today. If Kirk Muller had walked away from an equally lousy New Jersey team who got him as the consolation prize you'd have no team to root for today. Scott Stevens initially wanted to act in exactly the way you're talking about when he was awarded to the Devils. There would have been no 1995 Cup and therefore no team had he done so.
Mind you the Devils were worse for longer than the Oilers have been now. They didn't see the playoffs for the first 13 years of their existence. If you want players to look to only play for the bright lights and perceptions of success (because mind you, the Oilers have a richer history of success than the Devils do with 5 Cups to their credit) then you should just go root for an Original Six team and be done with it. You're on a Devils board so presumably you're a Devils fan. That means you're a fan of a team with no major media market backing it and whose success has been built on the very values and premises that you're denigrating as bullsh!t.