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by Paul on 01/14/11 at 02:36 AM ET
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
“You don’t have a conversation now with a manager that you don’t hear that it needs to be dollar for dollar,” said Feaster, who is strapped with a league-high 11 no-trade clauses and has 11 players who have cap hits of more than US$3 million.
“Some guys will be honest with you up front and say, forget dollar for dollar, I have to win the battle of the dollars. I want to send more out than I’m taking back.
“That’s the tough thing. Guys want to match up term, too. It’s difficult when you have contracts with term and big dollars.
“I had to laugh, I had one guy say to me it has to be a fair deal skill for skill, but it has to be even money, too.”
Fair is what Feaster is going for, and he says he’s maintained his previous relationships with the league’s GMs in spite of being slightly separated since stepping down in Tampa just after the 2008 draft.
“If you set out when you start the phone calls and you start the discussions that you’re going to be the one who’s gonna dominate the trade and you’re looking to screw the other guy, it’d be tough to put a deal together,” Feaster said with a laugh.
“At the end of the day, what you hope is the guy you get, the asset you get helps you. That’s what you want.”
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