Patrik Berglund Just Became Beloved In The City of Buffalo By Having His Contract Terminated For A Failure To Report
Disclaimer: When the potentially saddening explanation for his otherwise inexplicable absence eventually comes out, I reserve the right to retract the following "statement". Alas...
The good news? A mediocre player whose role on a surprisingly upstart team was quickly regressing just instantly became a hero in, of all places, the city of Buffalo.
The bad news? He just became a timeless punchline just about everywhere else.
Seriously, just wait until Jeff Skinner and his 50+ goal pace get signed long term with the money that the Sabres saved by saying "c'ya never" to a professional hockey player who appears to have valued his pride at a figure north of 12.5 million dollars. Hell, they might damn well save some of it to build a statue of Patrik Berglund sitting in a luxury suite outside the stadium. By my math, he would have had to increase his production about 10-fold to mean nearly as much to the organization as he did at the exact moment he was let go from it. Therefore, the 'one-man-mutiny' approach might have cost eight figures but it instantly bought him legendary status in a long suffering city.
Personally? I'd rather have the money, but some people think of legacies as priceless. This one, of course, would pretty much have to be in order to account for the shredding of a contract that still had 3 years at 3.85 million left on it, but who am I to question the priorities of a professional hockey player who better work on his bluffing if he plans to make up for his losses at the poker table?