Eric recently had a conversation with Bruce in which Bruce expressed his desire to have eric on the team and told him that he was even on the training camp roster. Obviously based on all of these facts, prior to the call from Don on august 17th, there was no question that Eric would be playing in Washington this season. As a matter of fact on the August 17th call, Don said for the first time that while you were trying to get this done there was "no guarantee" that the trade would be made and therefore you might not be in the position to sign eric. In response to that I told Don that our agreement was never a matter of "if" the trade was done , it was a matter of "when" it got done. Don stated that that was "true, but the market changed." I reminded him of the commitment he asked eric to give to washington by agreeing to the deal and not going back on that agreement once you made the trade (and thereby discontinuing conversations with the other teams) and the teams equal commitment to eric, a veteran of over 600NHL games who has a reputation of doing whatever he has to for the good of the team. In light of all of the positive reinforcement that we were given throughout the weeks proceeding the August 17th call, the new "no guarantee" position was very upsetting and I believe very unfair. While Don has now taking to repeating "you can move on if your restless" I have repeatedly said to him that with training camp 2+ weeks away, there are no longer situations for us to move on to! I have expressed to Don that the emails and text messages both from him and Ian Anderson support our position.
I truly hope , as does Eric, that we can conclude this agreement on a positive note and have Eric do whatever it takes to help the team win a stanley Cup.
George, what is happening to eric and his family has been very difficult. At one point I was told by Don that you would call Eric to explain the situation to him. I relayed that to Eric. Unfortunately, that call never came. Please reach out to me so we can discuss this.
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