northwest dave wrote:
That article just pisses me off more than depresses me. How many franking times do you have to acquire a player from a team who is going to get compensated before you get the (Frank) message that it hurts more than it helps. Jesus f*cking Christ.
And if Adam Oates is setting up Brett Hull for 86 goals a year, the proper response when he asks for more money is.... trade him for Craig. Janney!?!? Fukiddy fuk I hate that article. Burn it.
In defense of the Oates thing. Oates was a dick. He wanted to negotiate a contract for a 3rd time
. The second time was because Stevens made more $ than him. The Blues negotiated and even gave him a bonus. The 3rd time was because Shanny came in and was paid more than him.
He thought he should always be paid the 2nd highest on the team (next to Hull) and wanted the contract to state as such. And this was to a Blues ownership that treated the players, fans, and the team like gold. (Frank) him and his demands. He (Frank) it up...not the Blues.
Ugh...now I'm pissed.
I whole heartedly agree that Oates was a royal dick. I remember going to the Blues bowling charity even they used to do when I was like 7 and talking to every player there. Most players just stayed down in their lanes and signed autographs on the counter which was fine. Hell, Shanahan even came up to the main area, squated down and took pictures with me and my sister. But the one guy I really wanted to meet was Adam Oates. But not once did that asshole even turn around and acknowledge the fans.
Having said that. When you look at things from a hockey/business point of view, there's no reason why he shouldn't have been the 2nd highest paid player on the team. For christs sake, look at what him and Hull did on the ice! I think if I were in his shoes, I'd have the same reaction as well. But for management to NOT meet his demands and instead trade him to Boston for some ass clown who was maybe 1/2 as good was just a shame. That trade was the genesis of the mid-90's collaspe when you look at the ripple effects that eventually led to the Shanny/Janney debacle. Berry being dumped in favor of Keenan and the eventual shit storm that he brought with him.
The article overall was a nice look back. It was nice to hear from those guys on the subject. Makes you sick to think what could have been though...