Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/16/06 at 10:12 AM ET
Clarke offered $1.9 million US for one year to 22-year-old Ryan Kesler, a 10-goal scorer last season. Finally, on Thursday, the Vancouver Canucks matched the offer, forced to pay Kesler twice what they originally had offered. "This just isn't done," sniffed some GMs, mightily upset that they may be forced to think once in a while. But this much is certain. By next season, some of these GMs will be doing the same thing. In fact, if it weren't for the fact that this year's free-agent market is all but depleted, a few of them would jump on the bandwagon right now. This wasn't an isolated Clarke brain warp. This was a calculated stratagem that will become a standard part of NHL life.read on note: at the time of this post, all of the Sun Media websites were having a few issues, so check back if you can't get the link to work.
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