All week I have been sitting here reading post's from some bloggers that belive that signing group 2 free agents is poaching in the new CBA. Most of the writters who are saying this are fans of teams that are in a strong position and either have had this done to them or feel it may be heading there way. With the salary Cap and mid market players stocks rising every night I can see how it becomes a dilema to secure players long term when you are cap strapped. But there is one way of countering this and it may take a gamble and some hockey sence to pull it off which I believe alot of GM's in the league lack. For example next year Perry and Getzlaff are going to be RFA. There will we offer sheets sent out to these player's that's a for sure. Burke should be trying to sign these guys long term now before it gets to that. If that means he has to trim his roster abit to make it happen then he should do so. In the new CBA you cant play games like you could in the older agreement. There isnt a enough talent to go around and teams like edmonton that have a harsh climate, are not appealing to the pre-madonna players that we have brought up through todays system. Like Ray Shero did with crosby he locked him up long term before he even sat foot in RFA waters, why? because he seen what is happeneing around the league. I dont blame edmonton at all for putting togther group 2 sheets. For one, Edmonton has been getting robbed of talent for years because other high market teams could afford to steal there players away because of their financial situation. Now that edmonton has some money other teams cant take the bullying. As far as im concerned its been along time coming. The new GM's are cutting it close to the cap over paying veterans ( Bertuzzi) and then putting themselves in a perdicament. Is this Kevin Lowes Fault or is it his friend and pal Brian Burkes for putting the team in this situation. I dont know you tell me? If i'm a GM and I have an abundance of money i'm trying to pick up players by trade or UFA. If neither works im going for RFA's its as simple as that. If you belive a player is worth resiging then do it. Dont let him become a target and cry about how people are hunting him it's ridicualous.
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