March 20, 2010
Moore says he wasn't greedy
By MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency
Dominic Moore claims he is not the greedy money-hungry boor some have portrayed him out to be.
When the Toronto-area native could not come to an agreement for a contract extension with his beloved Maple Leafs prior to the 2009 trade deadline, he begrudgingly was shipped to the Buffalo Sabres for a second round pick. Because he was a pending unrestricted free agent, the Leafs opted to get some kind of tangible return for the speedy forward rather than lose him in the open market during the off-season.
At the time of the deal to Buffalo, there were reports that he had turned down a three-year, $5 million US offer from the Leafs. For the record, Moore denies those numbers were accurate.
“The circumstances surrounding the situation at the time made it seem as if I turned down a fair offer,” Moore said Saturday. “It kind of painted me in a negative light.
“At the time, we didn’t think the offer was fair. I was traded right afterward.”
“I will say this: The offer that was made was not what was reported.”
While Moore would not divulge what the Leafs had submitted in terms of a contract extension, sources insist the deal was in the two-year, $2.8 million US neighbourhood, a pact that would have left him with an annual salary of $1.4 million.
“I’m not going to talk about numbers,” Moore said, refusing to verify if the two-year, $2.8 million US figures were accurate. “But you know how much I loved it here. I grew up a Leaf fan. I wanted to stay. Obviously for me not to have agreed (to an extension) is an indication of how we didn’t feel the offer was fair.”
After finishing the 2008-09 season with the Sabres, Moore signed a one-year, $1.1 million US pact with the Florida Panthers on Oct. 4, just after the season began. He subsequently was traded to the Montreal Canadiens earlier this month for a second-round pick.
Saturday night, Moore gets his first taste of the Toronto-Montreal rivalry from a Habs perspective, marking the first time he will face the Leafs in a Canadiens jersey.
“It’s been amazing, what with the tradition and all,” Moore said of being a Hab. “Right now the main goal is to grab a playoff spot.”