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CBC asks the question, “What’s behind the big NHL free-agent salaries?”
That’s the word New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello used when asked for his reaction to the amount of money tossed around on July 1, the first day of the National Hockey League’s free-agency period.
From Habs Inside/Out:
To a suggestion that the NHL might need another lockout to restore salary sanity, Gazette Travel Editor and Canadiens super fan David Walker quips:
“Yes, and this time they should lock out the general managers.”
Today is the final episode of NHL Live! on the NHL Network for the 2007-2008 season. Tune in today between 12 and 2pm ET for the final show before Don LaGreca and E.J. Hradek go on their summer hiatus.
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from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
Surely the players won’t want to give back their contractually earned gains. Surely the owners, knowing the fans, at least the fans in Canada, will always come back (didn’t the post-lockout season prove that), will argue mightily for yet another lockout to fix everything that’s oh so wrong on their side once again.
What will Bettman—assuming he’s not fired beforehand—say then?
Surely “cost certainty” won’t be a rally cry that will be heartily embraced then.
After all, if it’s “all good” now, what will be the definition of bad?
From Mike Chen’s Hockey Blog,
I’m reserving comments on the whole free-agent idiocy until the second day finishes so that we get the remaining chips (hopefully) off the table. So far, though, what a bunch of freakin’ morons (the GMs, not the players).
From Bruce Dowbiggin at the Calgary Herald,
It’s July 1—free-agent liberation day—and agent J.P. Barry rolls through the door of his Calgary office at Creative Artists Agency. The burly Barry has already had a full morning—and the clock has not even hit the magic 10 a.m. opener for offers and signings.
continued… following the day of agent J.P. Barry yesterday.
From James Duthie at The Good, the Bad and the Duthie,
Bingo! Welcome to The Summer of Lunacy! Seriously, I knew there would be silliness, but this was a cartoon. You’ve heard of spending like drunken sailors? How about spending like billionaire sailors on crack.
10 million dollars a year offered to Mats Sundin? Twenty-two million dollars for Cristobal Huet? (When you already have an overpaid goalie in Khabibulin.) Michael Ryder, a healthy scratch in Montreal, four million a year? Fourteen million over four years for Jeff Freakin’ Finger!?!
This morning, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly spoke with Scott Laughlin on Hockey This Morning (NHL Home Ice XM 204), discussing the free agent frenzy today.
Daly also talks about the new Russian league and provides other updates on NHL happenings.
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
So with the U.S. economy swooning and a number of NHL team owners facing uncertain and potentially tumultuous futures – some investment bankers say they figure at least a dozen NHL franchises are on the market, either officially or otherwise – what are the chances BlackBerry co-creator Jim Balsillie might land a franchise in the near future?
Not good, current owners say.
While Balsillie’s battle is sometimes viewed as a one-on-one against NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, the reality, according to at least four NHL owners interviewed, is that Balsillie has annoyed many of the 30 team owners and probably wouldn’t be approved as an owner even if he was willing to overpay for a team.
From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,
Many of those deals will be for terms that were once unfathomable - with seven to 10 years the going rate for a star player in the prime of his career. One thing that obviously hasn’t changed under the new system is the mentality of GMs to get the player now and damn the cost to the franchise later.
Which brings us to the question, what exactly is going to happen to all these long-term deals once the current collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2011-12 season?
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