It is the management's responsibility to the owners and to the fans you pay the tickets to keep salary to a minimum, it is the player's agents responsibility to get as much for their clients as possible. If we are to look at the Giordano signing in Russia for a minute and get past the initial shock of it we know a few things, that the flames were offering around just over half what he signed for with Omsk, the next is that the flames retain his rights this season, the next is that he could opt out of his Russian contract in a heartbeat.
Well just over half sound like a lot right? In actuality it could be a matter of a few hundred thousand, to me and you that is a lot of money, to the flames in retaining one of their best young D, it might not be. This could be a superb bargaining chip by Giordano's agent in attempt to get a few hundred thousand more out of the flames and most fans wouldn't agree it's worth it for this guy. Most fans could give or take Eriksson, he has Zyuzin written all over him.
If Giordano does in fact leave it would, for me, signal the first big mistake I've seen Sutter make.