The amount offered was higher than $100000 and for the owner even that large sum would be a drop in the bucket.
Even if you figured that during the remainder of that regular season's home dates of aprox 15 games and conservatively projecting $15000 in increased gate reciepts = 15 x 15000 = 225,000 in additional gross.The value of advertising gains alone would have exceeded the six figures you suggest.
I think you can see where the math is going on this.
I am pretty sure his signing would have translated into much higher gross than $15000 per game and we have not allowed for extra revenue in the play-offs
from gate reciepts and probably more games to begin with.
A smart business offer----a very good risk reward scenario for sure.
Now is'nt it a LARGE coincidence that the Windsor Spitfires were doing exactly the same thing!!! only their target obviously signed and took the money!!! and the Spitfires won the Memorial Cup!!! .... connect the dots.