Here we go...here comes the conspiracy theories...
For all we know, Dundon made fun of Bergy’s biceps at the draft, and this was a way of retaliation by making Dundon pay big fat cheque’s for the next 5 years. Moral of the story, don’t make fun of a General Manager with big biceps of an organization that can force you to sign big fat cheque’s for the next 5 years!
See I can do it too!!!
Jokes aside, I’m willing to bet it’s as simple as Bergevin thought he could financially squeeze an low budget team, and tested it out. It didn’t work, and there was virtually no consequence to trying.
I mean, one could almost say, MB tried to strong-arm the Hurricanes organization.
But this is where I feel like something is off. Besides elation, what was your first reaction to the offer sheet? If anyone says anything other than "That won't be enough", they're lying. So we the fans knew, he'd sign but MB, one of the most conservative GM' in the league didn't?
I don't buy this "nothing lost, nothing gained" ideology. If this was indeed not a premeditated agreement with Waddell, MB loses face by losing a offer sheet. Ask Paul Holmgren how his ability to negotiate with other teams was diminished by what he did to Nashville with Weber. He had to relinquish his job as GM as a result......
If you are going to do this, and we all know this is how it works, you either get the player your offer sheeting and other the team gets the nice reward in the form of draft picks or you don't do the offer sheet. Failure is not an option with offer sheets. MB threw a low risk high reward offer out there except it wasn't so low risk was it? Now he has a target on his back. Now other teams have less incentive to work with MB. That code he was preaching about years ago, he's the first one to break it.
I'm happy MB had the balls to finally do one but the thing is he didn't really do it. He made everyone think he did by going through the motions with an empty half hearted effort.
Frankly im being extremely pessimistic about his intentions and i get that, the post was 1/2 serious,1/2 cynical but if he was serious, that leaves me even worse off then before. If it was an "inside job", I can at least understand it 100%. If he seriously thought there was a shot at getting Aho with that offer, that Aho's agent wasn't just playing him and that he must have assembled enough Intel about Dundon's finances that he wouldn't be willing to pay out the high signing bonuses, than I question MB's understanding of the situation.
MB didn't lose anything tangible by making this offer sheet so nothing was physically lost but make no mistake about, literally no one really thought he was going to win this offer and by doing it and not winning, he gave up some serious credibility amongst his peers. That's why i feel there was slightly more to this than what transpired in front of the camera's.
We'll never know of course, so its a pointless thing to read too much into but this was a big deal and one that could have made shockwaves. Instead, MB now has even more pressure to deliver than previously and once again I feel he painted himself into this corner needlessly.
For the price of an extra 1st rounder and a couple mil extra, this deal would have at least been believable. That way everyone would have taken it seriously and Dundon may have had to think about it a little more.