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from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,
Sorry, Sabres fans. Tough luck, ye followers of the benighted Fishsticks. I probably can’t stop you from draping yourselves in sackcloth and a thick coating of ashes while you curse the cruel fate of your underprivileged franchises. But I’m here to tell you that hockey fans should be rejoicing, no matter what their team affiliation.
Say what you want about the merits of competitive balance. It’s the presence of teams that are as rich in tradition as they are in talent that makes a sport compelling. And if these spending sprees allow another dynasty to rise up in a well-established market—New York or Philadelphia or Detroit or Toronto, for instance—then so much the better for the NHL.
from Spector at his Fox Sports Blog,
Better get used to more surprises over the remainder of the collective bargaining agreement.
First, save yourself the shock of seeing the cap rise every year and just expect it to happen. It might not increase as much as it did this summer, when the NHLPA exercised its right under the CBA to boost the cap by five percent, but it will likely keep rising by various degrees over the remainder of the deal.
Canadian Press hockey columnist Pierre Lebrun recently said a team executive predicted the cap could rise to $62 million within the next four years.
This from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
The NHL lockout was supposed to restore a degree of fiscal sanity to the NHL, right? And in so doing perhaps restore a little good faith between the league and its players – remember “Thank You Fans” stencilled outside the blue lines? – and the money-gouged if unfailingly loyal spectators.
So since Sunday noon, NHL clubs have spent a half-billion – billion – dollars on salaries, locking up players for as long as eight years with strategies that have defied explanation, common sense and logic on many fronts.
Make sure to read some of the comments left there…
If last year is any indication, many deals were announced on July 4th.
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
Meanwhile, the next time the NHL and the NHLPA go to the mattresses, the board of governors would do well to instruct Gary Bettman to forget the salary cap and cap the calendar instead. Fifteen years for Rick DiPietro, eight years for Briere, seven years for Gomez - it’s absurd.
Go back to the NHL record books seven or eight years ago and look at the number of players who were stars then, but are half-forgotten now.
Like to have Pavel Bure, anyone? Alexander Mogilny? Donald Audette? Jeremy Roenick? Michael Peca? Owen Nolan? Jose Theodore?
Put it this way: Signing free agents is a crapshoot and the longer the deal, the more crap in the chute.
much more... and note to Jack, there is hockey talk in the States, you just have to know where to find it.
Spector points out the Devils and Souray talk plus other UFA bits including Kozlov in the Lone Star state…
From Steve Keating at Reuters,
With most of the top players signed, sealed and delivered, teams continued to pick the bones of the NHL free agent market on Tuesday.
After two furious days of signings that included $50 million deals for Daniel Briere (to Philadelphia Flyers $52 million for eight years) and Scott Gomez (New York Rangers $51 million for seven years) teams were left scouring for bargains and scraps.
Most of the action on day three of the free agency period involved teams looking to plug holes left by the loss of their own unrestricted free agents.
from Al Strachan af Fox Sports,
And what do we see? Exactly the opposite of what Bettman intended when he introduced his fatally flawed salary-cap system.
The big-money, big-spending, big-market teams are back in the spotlight with a vengeance, even though Bettman shut down his league for a year and all but killed its support in the United States to prevent such an occurrence.
There was all that talk about “the level playing field” and “making the small-market teams competitive” and “bridging the gap” between the poor and the wealthy.
Spector has some early evening talk regarding Yashin and Jovanovski…
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