Actually, I believe the real situation was quite the opposite. There was never any doubt that Shero wanted to sign Dupuis, it was just a question if he could get him at a reasonable price within this year’s smaller cap of $64.3M. As to taking less to stay, I’m obviously very glad and grateful that he did, but I don’t think it was obvious that he would. He earned the right to make more money. He could have tested the market and I wouldn’t have blamed him one bit. As for hometown discounts, they are helpful in cases such as these but the problem is that everyone expects them all the time. Ryan Malone probably loved Pittsburgh just as much as Dupuis but he didn’t take a hometown discount because he did what was best for him. Dupuis could have easily done the same thing. Hometown discounts are great but the Pens fans of Tumblr seem to think that everyone should take one and that’s not how things work in real negotiations. It can come into play, and it obviously did in the Dupuis deal, but as a fan you shouldn’t expect players to necessarily take less. Also, (and this isn’t directed at you at all) I’ve seen some people criticize Letang’s deal because Malkin and Crosby took less to stay here. What they don’t realize is that Letang left money on the table too. Some people criticized Letang for not taking a discount. I guess my point is to be happy when guys take discounts, but don’t be upset when the don’t because you shouldn’t really expect them to anyway. After all, if you were given the opportunity for a raise at work it would be hard to turn down. Sorry that turned into a longer post than expected. But anyway, glad he took a discount and he’s a Pen for four more years!
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