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Saturday, September 11, 1999
Canucks hand Scatchard 'take it or leave it offerKAMLOOPS, B.C. (CP) -- Length of contract and not money is keeping Vancouver Canucks centre Dave Scatchard away from his teammates and their 1999 training camp.
The 23-year-old forward will be eligible for salary arbitration in two years and his agent, Seattle-based Carlos Sosa, is attempting to protect that right by pushing for a shorter term. The Canucks apparently won't move off a three-year proposal.
"Term is the primary concern, it is the issue," Sosa told the Vancouver Sun after Canucks negotiator Dave Nonis sent Scatchard a 'take-it-or-leave-it' final offer. "I think we're within range on money."
Neither Sosa nor Nonis would discuss figures, but it's believed the dollars are in the $600,000-$700,000 range.
Nonis feels Sosa will be doing a disservice to his client by not accepting and can't comprehend why Scatchard remains out.
"I understand Adrian Aucoin's position and I understand Ed Jovanovski's position," Nonis said, referring to his two other unsigned players. "I don't agree with them, but I understand it. Dave Scatchard's position I don't understand. He has two years experience in the league and he should be here playing and trying to make our team.
"I think he's getting terrible advice. I think the only person or people who have gotten worse advice are the baseball umpires."