actually he has less leverage now than he ever will. Next year he will have arbitration rights if he takes the qualifying 1 year offer. HEs also been told going forward he would have a spot on one of the power play units, and one of the pk units, and an overall increased roll.
His agent is just being thick and stubborn. He was offered a fair deal based on what comparable rfas are getting. Andersson ended up at 1.8x3. Less than the wings are offering aa and with an additional year. He bluffed russia based on an offer that may or may not have even existed. Supposedly now its been pulled because he wants too much money? They are also nearly 20 games into their 60 game season so if he was going to go he would have long ago. Now hes talking about the swiss league which will likely pay him under the nhl league minimum.
And PZ will argue that he should take the russia deal for the money, that his agent must maximize this contract because AA could have an on or off ice career ending injury, and now supports his decision to play for 2-300K in the swiss league because its...pretty?
Hes nickel and diming holland at a time when we really dont have alot of cap flexibility and ultimately backing himself further and further into a corner. Even if AA dominated the swiss league its highly unlikely he comes back next year and a team is going to give up a quality asset and pay him more than 2ish mil. Most guys coming out of the EU or KHL have to demonstrate that they can produce similar numbers at the nhl level before nhl teams will give them a significant contract. HEs just costing AA money right now, and the longer he waits the more money hes costing him.