More I think of this, the more I think it was shrewed by everyone involved. The Islanders do nothing more than try to boost ticket sales.
However, Holland knows that this will make all the players in the league notice how bad we want to win a cup and how much players are willing to sacrifice to come here.
It makes a powerful agent happy because he was the only GM willing to go through this waiver embarrassment to get Nabs a job.
It makes Howard notice that there is a ton more pressure on him and lets us see if he will respond.
It highlights what has happened to St. Louis with Svatos and creates a bit of good will with some of the GM's, while making some rivals scramble to figure out what to do in response.
I think they knew that, for all the effort of negotiating, they were not going to get him but the worst case scenario would be that they DID get him.
A smart cliff note summary of 1000 posts...Thanks ! Everyone of these points is right on target.
The only thing hurt in Detroit by this situation is our pride.
Holland doesn't seem to mind, and I bet money the players and fans do a bit. Maybe this is motivational psychology 901. PhD for Kenny.
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