In the book “Behind The Moves,” Jason Farris spoke with NHL General Managers past and present about how they conduct business and to tell stories about their lives in hockey.
Glen Sather talked about signing players to long term contracts and how General Managers go about it:
“There are GMs who will sign contracts—- and it doesn’t matter how big they are or how long they are— because they think that at the same time they are protecting their own skin. [A GM] has got to make sure that he isn’t signing guys for the wrong reasons. That’s when it can get complicated because you can get into a long-term contract with a guy who is a hell of a player but he just can’t play in your environment. He gets a big contract and he gets a lot of money and now his goals have changed. He thinks he has got a retirement contract and now he doesn’t want to get hurt, so he doesn’t play as aggressively as he did before, so his skills deteriorate and you are stuck with this guy. What do you do with him’?