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Optimism + free agency = spending like there’s a brighter tomorrow

This quip from the Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek may summarize the insanity we're about to witness in the best terms possible:

Historically, NHL GMs make more mistakes in free agency than at any other time in the year, knowing they’ll have to overpay to get the players they want and often ruing decisions long after the fact.

Some believe the collective pursuit of unrestricted free agents will be more sober this summer because of the aforementioned shrinking cap – and that reasonable, cautious, prudent spending habits will be the order of the day.

Odds are, that’s going to be wrong again.

Privately, a lot of GMs believe league revenues will soar next year, meaning the cap is going right back up, perhaps by as much as $10-million. That anticipation – and thinking big-picture, long-term thoughts – will play into their buying decisions.

The dollars and terms the likes of Clarkson and Tyler Bozak will command might even make you forget about Ville Leino – for a while anyway.


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Bugsy's avatar

Ah, Leino. I remember how some (even this year) criticized the Red Wings about trading Leino, how they somehow failed in developing him, how they weren’t patient enough w/him, when he had his flourish with the Flyers. I’m not a hockey expert, mind you, but can we accept that sometimes, like raising kids, you can do everything right and things still don’t turn out right for the player?

Posted by Bugsy on 07/05/13 at 02:23 AM ET

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