Thursday, August 02, 2007

Lesson learned: Lock up your RFAs

The Ducks had done some preliminary work to re-sign Penner before the Oilers' wildcat strike on the big leftwinger. Sources say, Penner would have taken a two-year deal for $2 million US a season if it had been on the table from Anaheim after he made $450,000 last year, but talks hadn't got that far between Ducks assistant GM David McNab and Penner's people.
The lesson? Don't be penny wise and pound-foolish. Brian Burke could have had Penner back in the fold for an entirely reasonable contract for the next two years, but he was betting heavily that his bluster would scare off other GMs from making a "wildcat strike" (an illegal labour movement? Well, if you say so Mr. Matheson).

Why else would Burke leave a young, 29-goal scorer twisting in the wind? And then to blast Kevin Lowe as being "gutless?"

We'll find out later today if Penner walks, likely right at the deadline. And the smart money says he does.

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At 9:13 a.m., August 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Matheson doesn't make much sense about anything anymore, sadly.

At 10:45 a.m., August 02, 2007, Blogger Don Johnson said...

I think he's trying to use an oilfield term... not very well, but that's what it is.

At 11:28 a.m., August 02, 2007, Blogger Paul said...

Lamoriello was paying attention. Parise just got $12.5M for 4 years. In light of Penner's deal, that's a bargain.

At 12:18 p.m., August 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...



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