Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/02/07 at 07:30 PM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Each GM had access to the same nasty little weapon, a sheet of paper that would allow him to steal away another team’s restricted free agents for a handful of draft picks, depending on how much money the offer sheet represented.
For years, GMs kept those papers under lock, in part because the few offer sheets that were presented were invariably matched, including offers presented to established stars like Joe Sakic, Keith Tkachuk and Sergei Fedorov.
There was also the notion that the offer sheet was somehow dirty pool—by using the tool a GM could expect to suffer a similar fate somewhere down the road. Plus, GMs who might have pulled the stunt wouldn’t have been invited to any of the good GM parties.
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