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On vague remarks tied to contract negotiations

Is this ominous foreshadowing at play, or simply a public negotiating ploy?

Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images

Perhaps it’s just a professional hockey player’s family member being social regarding their family member, said pro athlete, on an open social medium? Most of us know full well by now that social, mediums – Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Pinterest, Google+, etc – can be a great place to find conversation or entertainment, or it’s a great tool for publicly sharing personal news with friends and family…

Yet making mention of contract talks and asking an ominous question to the public when their family member remains an unsigned restricted free agent?

Nikita Kucherov's older brother has tweeted about Nikita’s contract situation already this summer, though not in detail but in vague fashion (though featuring clear ties to the situation). That factoid makes it more quizzical what brought this on. At the same time, someone tied to Kucherov posing this question publicly seems like a negotiating ploy of its own; ominous remarks posted publicly gets a reaction (as this very article is evidence of) from fans and the media.

What is the worst plot twist that this writer can imagine tied to Nikita Kucherov’s new contract? Either side trying to present urgency or encourage a panic from the fans.