To be "THE man" may also have meant "Don't try to give Redden and me the same contract." And, perhaps, when NEELY says he told them what he wanted that was "Pay me more than Redden".
So, you see, you could both be correct and yet the real story is not what either of you are implying.
I never got to meat the Big Slovakian, but he lived on my street and was not the most outgoing person. I caught him driving his car way too fast for my liking (this would have been 5-1/2 years ago so the girls would have been not even 4 -- I was very protective with fast drivers on family crescents). I also heard the story how his neighbor was putting in a fence and wanted him to go half on the shared portion, and Chara refused. Can't really corroborate that story because I heard it second hand, but at least while I was still living on that street you could see the fully fenced-in neighbor's yard and Chara's had no fence.
What does any of that mean? Well, it means I wouldn't put it past Chara to demand (more money, better contract) and Muckler had already shown he wouldn't stand for that with his sign-and-trade of Hossa.
So I'm actually inclined to believe the *original* story of how Muckler wanted to sign both to the same contract and Redden was fine with that, but Chara wasn't. This would have been a verbal offer, not a contract, so it does not contradict what NEELY says.
And, frankly, that's about the only way it makes sense that Muckler signed Redden and let Chara walk. THat, and senility.