Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,
I know yesterday was a frustrating day for Kings fans, but I wanted to again say thanks for the tremendous support. Yesterday, this page got HUGE traffic, so much that the managing editor of the paper e-mailed me to say so. That’s staggering to me, and again I thank you for the continued interest and support.
Now go read what Eric at Off Wing found…
Here’s an idea—why not treat ESPN personalities like Mike Greenburg who run down the sport the same way we ought to treat anybody who has too much power?
Fight the power. Question authority. Think for yourself. Watch hockey.
from Scott Morrison of the CBC,
The likes of New York, Colorado, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia all had their cheque books out on the first day of free-agent shopping. And almost all got goofy with not only the dollars, but the terms in the contracts. Five, six, seven, even an eight-year deal, the values from $6 million to seven and change on average. And two players will earn $10 million next season.
All of which has prompted more than observer of the game to ask aloud: And what exactly was the lockout suppose to accomplish?
Well, the spending is linked to revenues, so there is overall control. That’s what the NHL wanted.
more and who won and lost on day 1 of the UFA signings…
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
Under this CBA the rich get richer AND get to pick off the better players. The less rich will have to raise ticket prices in some markets just to get to the floor and in other markets just to be able to pay for arbitration awards that will be rising because of the new contracts being handed out to players who are jumping to teams with more cash on hand.
Imagine hiking ticket prices after you’ve just seen your best player bolt for a bigger market and you’ve got nothing in return.
Kevin Allen was on WDFN radio in Detroit this morning and few bits from Kevin.
-Shanahan signing with the Rangers will be very tight (cap wise).
-He feels Niedermayer will come back and play.
-Hudler RFA) may get more money playing in Europe than signing with the Wings.
Touring the hockey sites and forums this morning, I am seeing some “the cap isn’t working” remarks.
My advice, deal with it, the owners molded the latest CBA and there should be no complaining.
If you are not happy with it, look at team management, not the CBA!
NHL.com lists the RFAs and UFAs that are still available as of this morning.
Although it seemed like just about everyone was signed yesterday, that is not the case.
Note the list- you will see the RFAs first, then the UFAs…
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
The buzzwords at the start of the annual free-agent rodeo weren’t necessarily “how much” but “how long.”
Although it’s true GMs continue to spend in a fashion very reminiscent of drunken pre-lockout spending orgies, the real twist on the free-agent game this summer is the term top-end players are commanding before they’ll sign on the dotted line.
In recent days, Philadelphia signed Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell to six-year deals, but that was just a precursor to the big deals of the free-agent season that began at noon ET on Sunday as the Flyers signed Daniel
“Nuts,” one agent said of the term. “That’s why the CBA is so good for top-end players.”
from E.J Hradek at ESPN,
If you hockey fans were looking for some wild spending, reminiscent of the good ol’ pre-lockout days, the opening day of free agency didn’t disappoint.
The big market teams, flush with an extra $6 million in cap space due to the new upper limit, were rockin’ and rollin’ on the first day of July. The Rangers, Flyers, Avalanche, Wings and Maple Leafs, as well as the champion Ducks, all made big-money pickups.
On the first day of free agency, fans around the league were either very happy (Rangers fans) or very sad (Sabres fans). It all depended on who you signed or who you lost. Happy or sad, fans should remember they don’t award the Cup in July. Or, at least, they don’t do that just yet.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Hey, can someone please explain how the Flyers are going to pay Daniel Brière $10-million (all figures U.S.) next season and how the Rangers were able to snap up two free-agent heavies, forwards Scott Gomez and Chris Drury?
Technically, we understand this can happen, and it did. Theoretically, though, we were led to believe the wicked ways of the NHL were as gone as Tie Domi. The Great Lockout was supposed to have corrected the league’s bad habits, made it a changed animal, the new it.
Mr. Campbell, start handing out fines if anyone signs after 9:30pm EDT. You see, we have to get up early tomorrow to do this all over again, and again, and again…
Make the signings stop for the night. The MSM would appreciate it to, they have deadlines to meet.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
Email Paul anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org