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by Paul on 06/26/10 at 10:41 PM ET
from Michael Obernauer of the NY Daily News,
Glen Sather sounded as if he and Marc Staal’s camp were nowhere close to one another in their talks of a new contract for the Ranger blueliner, so he was asked if, really, there was a wide gap between the sides.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a wide gap,” Sather said. “It’s more like a chasm.”
Does that clear it up? As free agency season approaches, it could be laying the groundwork for the sides to dig in through the summer, as happened with Brandon Dubinsky before last season (a battle that John Tortorella thought was pretty “stupid”). Staal is not eligible for arbitration and Sather is planning to use the leverage the CBA affords him, saying today that “sometimes agents don’t recognize that - leverage works both ways.” (Staal’s agent is Bobby Orr. You may have heard of him.)
“I’m not ripping anybody, I’m saying what the reality is: that’s why the CBA’s in place,” Sather said. “If a guy’s a free agent, and if doesn’t agree to a contract he can sit out until December, and then he can’t come back at all for the whole year.”
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