Clearing Neal's salary from the books was part of a larger plan to then sign Duchene which then morphed into Turris. If you don't get that Poile was willing to accept risk by leaving Neal unprotected, knowing he'd get picked up by Vegas, so that he could then make subsequent moves .... well, it is then difficult to have this discussion. The myopic losing Neal to keep Jarnkrok is not focused on the right areas. The move Poile made was to leave Neal exposed to then have room for Bonino, Duchene/Turris and in the process solidify the top nine for years to come ... with two legitimate threat top lines. Poile was playing grandmaster level chess, the Jarnkrok/Neal comparison doesn't reach the level of checkers.