Re: Horton Disgruntled with B's Management?
posted at 7/24/2013 10:03 AM EDT
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.
Absolutely Crowls. It just doesn't really look like it went down that way, and if it was...still doesn't mean he "went for the money". Just means Columbus offerred more than Boston.(which I feel makes perfect sense). There's a lot more potential out there than 2 teams though.
In order for the "going for the most money" theory to float, one has to make several assumptions, the first being some kind of conspiracy. It would have been easier, and cleaner for Hortons camp to merely spew the canned, "offer I couldn't refuse...had to look out for my future, family yada, yada", and the Bruins to merely go to the cupboard and take out the old "more than we were comfortable spending, yada, yada". For Horton, why go to such lengths coming up with a lie, when you're opening yourself up to more ridicule than the truth? Doesn't add up. For the Bruins, the admission that they were very surprised at Horton's decision, suggests they're not as "up on things" as maybe they should be. Why would they go along with Hortons lie, when the truth of him merely accepting a bloated contract makes them look better. Doesn't add up.
Then there's the obvious. What Horton ended up doing, was perfectly matched to what Horton was saying.
As far as "shopping", I agree it's naive to assume there isn't some of that going on before the deadline, however, it's equally naive to assume a player can secretly wring every last penny out of the marketplace without being caught, if you try and move too far ahead of the time frame. It takes some time to get wined and dined by potential suitors, and with this years free agent pool, it's silly to think that only Boston and Columbus were interested in Horton. If it's all about the money, Horton and company didn't have time to exhaust all of those possibilities.
Those 60+ players you're talking about are a testament to my point. It's not all about the money. It's all about being in the ballpark monetarily(which agents have well documented) then choosing your employer. The DNA of most pro hockey players will do the Iginla thing if given the choice. All things equal, they'd sooner play for the team with the best chance to win. After that, there are dozens of considerations. Not many go "just for the money", simply because in todays NHL, there's usually at least a team or 2 that will match.(why offer sheets are so useless). When we see how NHL GM's throw money around lately, it's a stretch to assume "anyone" couldn't get more than they're getting.
I know it's boring, but I think Horton, the Bruins, his agent, and his family were telling the truth. He wanted a new location to pursue his craft. Anything more is just detail, but doesn't change the fact he didn't want to play in Boston anymore. I think Columbus was the type of market he wanted to play in, and they offerred enough to make him very content,... so he signed. That's not simply chasing the most money.
Hurry back from vacation Don.