Dan Boyle. Brian McCabe. Alexander Radulov. Nikita Filatov. Tommy Salo. Mike Milbury.
As a new Packers fan I don't have the long term idolization most do, so Favre comes off kinda spoiled here when he says they didn't try hard enough to talk him out of retiring. I'm assuming he is still under contract to them and now he wants to go play elsewhere.
I am running out of patience with contract signings lately - its that time of year in the NHL when so much negotiating gets done .. but we have cases where a team is signing a Russian whose team there want compensation and a Russian team is signing on Russian who are still under contract to his NHL team. Teams wanting to trade or waive players who they signed to No Trade or No Move contracts. On top of that teams have signed players up for 7 year deals and some are talking 10 *edit - make that 11. Agents beware. I hold you accountable too. Its all "Show me the Money" talk up front, but down the road when the love affair sours, when the money is too rich for the team and the player hasn't lived up to the potential, or when you're the player and someone else's grass is greener (ice is smoother) there is no such thing as No Fault Divorce. GMs and Players, you are negotiating and agreeing to a contract between Player and Team, you both agree to the terms of it. If you can't negotiate your way FAIRLY and AGREEABLY out of it, live with it .. and don't do it putatively. Team owners, before you hire on that new GM, see how many contracts he negotiated that weren't worth honouring.
Players, you are gifted with skills that have been honed with years of hard work, countless hours of practice and your parents' and coaches' commitment to you. You are playing a game, living the life, millions can only dream of. There is more to life than money. Chose your agent, your team and your terms carefully.
Mats Sundin. Make up your mind.
He wishes he had your problems.