Re: A Different Look At Finances
posted at 8/14/2014 10:31 AM EDT
In response to NeelyOrrBourque's comment:
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
The one thing you gotta give Subban - he's good with the media. Comfortable in his skin, and he seems to have no time for those who want to manufacture drama. Despite those who seem to think arbitration and the process that goes into it inevitably mean the team is going to run the player through the muck (coughnitecough), he keeps saying how much respect Montreal showed all the way through.
If it was just Bruins fans, I'd wonder if this was an outgrowth of the Sinden era - just the expectation that the player will be told to go yodel.
Are you not entertained?!?!
Blow it out your as s book! EVERY ex-player that they interviewed who went through abitration all said they ended up almost hating the team when they came out of it! Nobody saw this deal coming after the hearing so kindly take a couple of fawkoff pills & call me in the morning. PK just got a 72 million dollar deal from the Habs what do you think he's gonna say! " What a bunch of classless fawkheads!" Get over yourself!
Oh, please, the fawkoff pills can stay on your bedside table next to the Viagra fawkon pills in case you ever have that painful 4 hour jerk session.
I'm not going to say I was yanking your chain after that come back, so let's say I was chumming the waters.
EVERY player THEY interviewed.... Who decides whom to interview? What's a better story? Player A is pissypants because the team made a case for the lowest possible evaluation of his talents during a process that his union put in place or Player A understands that the structure of an arbitration process is that the player comes in high, the team comes in low and the arbitrator chooses a number in between? Subban's comment is mature that way - I learned a lot probably means about how teams look at a player's value to the franchise, and it's not just "I won a Norris and scored the 5th most points for D last year!" Good for him. My point was that the process is the process; most teams are unlikely to headhunt their player, but they will draw attention to his flaws and the limits on his value to the team (replacement value, for example - in Subban's case, I bet a part of their argument was that Markov plays more minutes, scores only slightly less, and finished right behind Subban in Norris voting, so you could argue the team could "replace" Subban with Markov and his $5.75M salary and use the delta to upgrade elsewhere).
Sinden, Clarke and a few others would go in and headhunt. I think we all knew before it happened that Kristich was gone if he got anything more than what the Bruins were prepared to pay. Clarke would have called the genetically engineered clone spawn of Chuck Norris, Die Hard's John MacLean, and a silverback gorilla "big, but a bit of a puss compared to the Flyers of the 70s."
I don't think teams are like that any longer - not the good ones. And I don't think that players are so naive that they go in and take the arbitration process as "what they really think of me" any more.