Re: Horton Disgruntled with B's Management?
posted at 7/23/2013 6:34 PM EDT
In response to stevegm's comment:
Can someone attach a link that states that his wife was unhappy in Boston? I think that was just made up on this board!
Hang - Horton's agent mentioned that Nathan wanted to be in a "non-traditional" market. So that is when the Boston and hockey media went to work. And of course this forum blew up.
True Sandog. And it's because his agent is full of crap. NH left for the money. But because his agent said it wasn't about the money - it was about the lifestyle - that opened up a can of worms.
Agents should keep their mouths shut and not comment to the media.
Saying he left for the money, is the same, out in left field speculation, as the wife stuff, except it's even less logical. From virtually every angle, it appears the B's were genuinely surprised that Horton wasn't interested in coming back. Had it been "only" about the money...or even "mainly" about the money, Nathan would've looked at the B's offer, as well as the others that would have been submitted by probably 6 or 7 other teams besides Columbus. Everything was signed, sealed, and put to bed with the Columbus deal by July 5, meaning he didn't possibly have the time to adequately "shop" the market(particulars would have been hammerred out a day or 2 earlier). Agents, players, and team executives often speak in riddles, half truths, and outright deception. Sometimes, when it suits their agenda, they're forthright. In this case, the facts suggest everything was laid out truthfully.
The fact that Horton scored a great contract by our standards, means nothing. It's inconsequential, when arguing he "went solely to the money". He didn't have time to. Appears Horton got a great offer from a team outside the hockey belt. An offer that suited him both, in terms of money, and serenity.
When players sign a deal right out of the FA gate, it's usually about much more than just money, and the reason is simple. Making a quick decision limits ones ability to get the most dollars.
steve- can't the Bruins want Horton back (at their number and term) and have that be inconsistent with Horton's expectations? Seems fairly common to have both of those conditions be true?
Also, wouldn't put too much stock in the timing either, seems like negotiations happen in advance of the official window opening. Horton's agent knew the market based on the conversations he was in on, including, during the negotiation window this year. Some 60+ players signed on July 5th, so "shopping" the market probably happened.