"As the summer of 1970 came to a close, and the season loomed, Emile offered about $20,000 to Park. Park wanted $45,000. According to Park’s agent, Emile told him, “I’m offering a 50 percent raise!” to which the agent replied, “Fifty percent of nothing is still nothing.”
Well, guess what. The night before the season opened, Park went to Francis’ home in Long Beach, L.I., and signed a contract for about $30,000."
...see Ranger fans it usually all works out in the end. One way or another Staal will be signed before the season starts. Even if he has to drive to Sather's house.