Re: In Case You Missed It
posted at 5/20/2013 10:44 PM EDT
In response to BassFishingII's comment:
Can you source that paperwork? I am not saying what you are saying isn't correct, but even if it is, how does that explain them getting nothing back for Orr? Why they didn't they just resign him?
Why didn't they trade him the year before if they were never intending to resign him. They didn't have the balls? Apparently, that's the case or they thought he would retire. Or, they were flat out too cheap. If Eagleson wanted a higher commission, all they had to do was blow away the Hawks offer to Orr. Simple. It's not like his knee problems came out of nowhere.
Any way you slice it Jacobs was to cheap to immediately extend his contract in 1974 or 1975 before he even went to FA!
Only with Jacobs logic does he completely botch the handling of an exit strategy with an dinged up HOF player. All they had to do was blow away the Blackhawks to keep Orr, which they weren't willing to do.
Just deal it. Jacobs sucks and always has.
I really don't want to kill my holiday evening time doing research on Eagleson to re-site stuff I learned a decade ago, but my points are contained in the court records, which are available open to the public and are easily obtainable.
As for getting nothing back for Orr - he was a free agent and they were entitled to nothing. As for Eagleson making money off commission - the contract commission was not how Eagleson made his money - it was the kick back from Wirtz and Zeigler - according to court, the Bruins could have offered him 10 times the Hawks did, Eaglson would still have made more money personally by refusing the Bruins offer. As for not trading him? He won the Art Ross that season. They always intended to resign him. What part of "Alan Eaglson is a convicted criminal who stole millions from Orr" do you not understand?
As for Jacobs not extending his contract in 74 - well Jacobs didn't own the team yet.
In 75? The most lucrative contract in the history of hockey (up to that point) was offered to Orr as an extension. It would have more than doubled Hull's Jets' contract. Eagleson convinced Orr to not take it because he told Orr he could get more on the open market (years later it was revealed Zeigler got Eagleson to stop the deal in order to keep NHL salaries down). Due to knee surgery after the contract offer, the offer went down and Eagleson blew the deal.
Every question you have is easily answered by the historical record and legal records. And I will say this one negative thing about Orr - he was naive. He "thought of Alan as his brother " to quote Don Cherry. Eagleson stole him blind and Orr did nothing out of loyalty (until years later).
The fact you don't know these answers, which are common knowledge to most die-hard hockey fans, leaves me to believe you are blinded by Jacobs hatred and not willing to look at the actual facts.