lev·er·age /ˈlɛvərɪdʒ, ˈlivər-/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[lev-er-ij, lee-ver-] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation noun, verb, -aged, -ag·ing. –noun
|1.||the action of a lever.|
|2.||the mechanical advantage or power gained by using a lever.|
|3.||power or ability to act or to influence people, events, decisions, etc.; sway: Being the only industry in town gave the company considerable leverage in its union negotiations.|
|4.||the use of a small initial investment, credit, or borrowed funds to gain a very high return in relation to one's investment, to control a much larger investment, or to reduce one's own liability for any loss.|
|5.||to exert power or influence on.|
|6.||to provide with leverage.|
|7.||to invest or arrange (invested funds) using leverage.|
An example with leverage used in a sentence: Michael Nylander used the Edmonton Oilers as leverage for a new contract.
Kevin Lowe commented on how Nylander's wife freaked out, as if Edmonton is Siberia. I just have a hard time believing since the Rangers were eliminated, Michael and his wife never sat down to discuss possible destinations. I mean, they're a couple, aren't they. Don't they talk about these things?
For the record, Nylander did the Oilers a huge favor. There have been numerous players that have mentioned they love Edmonton - one doesn't, doesn't indicate the end of the city or the franchise.
The franchise will in time, when they change things/positions around, will be able to compete in the UFA market. Until then, no need for the organization to further increase the poor perception by playing the victim mentality.