I thought that initially, honestly, but Friedman speculated that it was in fact at least partially a case of management structure. Francis was thought to have been “ too secretive.” Go to ~21:55: May 29, 2018: What Happens In Vegas... - Sportsnet.ca Friedman’s thesis that Dundon is trying to determine what’s on the roster by how much they’re worth is relevant here. For a total novice, that’s actually a good idea. I wish he would have phrased it differently, as when fans and likely GMs, as well, hear “all but…” is available, the first thought is that of a mythical fire sale and an opportunity to get a good asset for less than you should. That’s not what’s going on here.