Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Andrej Meszaros Wanted Out

There is a good read in the Ottawa Sun today about Andrej Meszaros and how messy that trade was. Here it is....

While the 22-year-old defenceman told Sun Media Sunday he wanted to stay in Ottawa, Murray said Meszaros' agent Ritch Winter complained that Jason Smith wasn't going to be a good enough partner for his client.

After dealing Meszaros to the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday in exchange for Filip Kuba, Alexandre Picard and a No. 1 draft pick, Murray was still steaming yesterday.

"I'm certainly satisfied with the deal at the end of the day, but I'm not happy with the way it came down," said Murray. "I'm not happy they asked me for $4.5 (million) all the way through, they threatened an offer sheet, which they had going on Friday. The choice I had after talking to (owner Eugene Melnyk) was: 'Do we overpay (to keep) this guy?'

"As much as it has been written he wanted to be in Ottawa ... he didn't want to be in Ottawa. He wanted to move on. I was told his (defensive) partner wouldn't be good enough for him and lots of other stuff. So we just decided at the end that if we could get value, we'd just make the deal and that would be it."

Murray confirmed a Sun Media report he offered Meszaros a five-year deal at $3.5- million per season. He also "offered a little higher than that" at the last minute. Meszaros accepted a six-year, $24-million deal from the Bolts.

"I was told at the last minute if I offered $4 million that maybe (Winter) could take it to his client. He signed for $4 million in one day with Tampa, but I was also assured an offer sheet was coming and I'm pretty sure there was," said Murray. "If it was an offer sheet we were going to be short on the blue line. Just as important was the fact that I felt it would have a tremendous effect on the rest of the NHL when you pay Andrej Meszaros ($5.2) million or more. I called (Tampa GM) Brian Lawton and I said, 'If you want this player, there are two options: Make the offer sheet or this is the trade I want to make with you.' It took all day to agree to do this."



charlie said...

I don't think GMs should be spilling this info.

April said...

Good bye MESSaroz, you pre madonna. This guy was as much a problem as Ray Emery, hejust didn't have the medai attention or cloud.

You're going to get your brains bashed in by Smith the first game we play you.

What a dink.

Corey said...

agreed with you charlie, and also agree with you april, being a leaf fan....i know i know... i saw mezzaroz alot and never thought he was that good, easily one of the more over rated players, you can bet hes the guy who will run to russia after a few seasons because they offer him a bunch of money he doesnt deserve. (and yes im aware he was gonna sign in russia and didnt because he wanted to be in the nhl blah blah, time will tell)

Anonymous said...

I can understand him being frustrated but to say that he was even remotely concerned about the effect a Meszaros contract would have on the rest of the NHL is complete BS.

Anonymous said...

The whole mess? More like the whole mesz hahahahah.

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