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The 13 year deal signed by Alex Ovechkin was a simple deal. His salary is straight-lined across the life of his contract. There was never an issue with the structure of the contract with the NHL. It was all done in the light of day - honest and transparent. By the rules. The writer of this article knows that. He is just mad because he didn’t have access to Alex Ovechkin when he wrote his book. We don’t agree with his point of view in his book and we won’t have anything to do with him and his book now. He is on his own….

The writer can say anything he wants about me. He doesn’t scare me.  He just can’t distort facts. We won’t let him and he is being called out on this one right here and now.

-Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals on Toronto Star columnist Damien Cox.  Read more at Ted’s Take.

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monkey's avatar

Damien Cox is a douche.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 09/04/10 at 07:35 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Let’s save all these asinine articles by Cox so when Zetterberg and Franzen retire after serving out the full length of their contracts we can throw them all in his idiot face.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 09/04/10 at 07:41 PM ET

socalwingnut's avatar

Damien Cox is exactly who you say he is, monkey.

Interesting how Ted implied that “those other” contracts were somehow illegal. I can only assume that he’s lumped the Red Wings deals in with that crowd.  If so, you all know as well as I do that if the league (read: Bettman) thought that the Franzen and Zetterberg deals were circumventing the cap, they would have been all over Mr. I and Kenny. The fact that they have not come up during the past few weeks (until Mr. Cox stirred it up) should tell you something.

Also, I hope you are right about Mule and Z playing out their entire contracts. However, Hanks back scares me and Mule has yet to play a full regular and playoff season. I’m not as confident as you are I’m afraid.

Posted by socalwingnut on 09/04/10 at 08:13 PM ET

SENShobo's avatar

There’s also a little bit of irony in the fact that, were Ovechkin to retire before the end of his contract, because he would have served all of the $9 million seasons but not all of the $10 million ones, the caps would then have wound up with a higher cap hit than his pay and fewer years would have given him. Not by much, but still a very odd move to put Ovechkin’s deal in the same paragraph as Lecavalier’s, which doesn’t even hold a candle to most circumvention deals of late.

Posted by SENShobo from Waterloo, ON on 09/04/10 at 08:37 PM ET

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Must be that time of the month for Fat Teddy.

Posted by cs6687 on 09/05/10 at 12:40 AM ET

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Unfortunately, Ted’s transparency applied a bit too literally to both the Caps defense and their Cup chances.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 09/05/10 at 01:01 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Must be that time of the month for Fat Teddy.

So what’s your problem with what Ted said? Other than the fact that he’s the Capital’s owner, of course?

In my opinion, Ted called out Cox exactly the way he should have. In the past two days alone, Damien the Dumb has proven to be one of the most misinformed hockey writers on the planet.

Maybe you should spend a bit more time figuring out how your Pens are going to get under the cap given that they’re currently $550k over that cap with 14 forwards and six defenseman. That might be a better use of your time than ranting about Leonis’ justifiable criticism of a douche like Cocks, er, I mean, Cox.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/05/10 at 01:45 AM ET

Moq's avatar

Must be that time of the month for Fat Teddy.

That’s an asinine comment. Ted is entirely correct in his dismissal of Cox.

Maybe you should spend a bit more time figuring out how your Pens are going to get under the cap given that they’re currently $550k over that cap with 14 forwards and six defenseman.

You started of well, and then you wrote this nonsense. The Penguins aren’t over the cap. On the contrary, the current situation is 21 players on the roster and approx. $1.7M in cap space. You could add Tangradi like CapGeek, but that seems a little premature.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 09/05/10 at 09:38 AM ET

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Ted might be correct in calling out Cox, but it’s extremely hard to give his concerns any weight given how often he uses his blog to cry about very minor problems and perceived slights. You cry ‘wolf’ once to often…

Posted by CrackDealer from Pittsburgh, PA on 09/05/10 at 10:27 AM ET

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There’s a difference between ignoring what Ted says on his blog, because you’re disinterested in his (many) concerns, and leaving a superfluous stupid commentary out of personal dislike without addressing the issue.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 09/05/10 at 11:53 AM ET

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Ted does cry a lot, but he’s right. Cox has been on a rampage of ass-hole-i-tude for a few weeks now, including his non-hockey comments. Frankly, I can’t believe he still has employers. No “true” journalist should be able to get away with writing what he wrote about Jose Bautista without at least being suspended.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 09/05/10 at 12:57 PM ET

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He has been suspended.  I mean, he works for the Toronto Star for crying out loud.

That’s not just a suspension, that’s purgatory.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 09/05/10 at 02:05 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

You cry ‘wolf’ once to often…

It doesn’t mean the sheep herd won’t be shreded to pieces when the real wolf come in. And isn’t Cox known as a professional troll?

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 09/05/10 at 02:36 PM ET

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...the current situation is 21 players on the roster and approx. $1.7M in cap space. You could add Tangradi like CapGeek, but that seems a little premature.

Hmmm. The original version of CapGeek comes up with a completely different number. Give it a try and you’ll see that the numbers I originally quoted are what you get when you generate a roster with just the players they have checked…

http://www.capgeek.com/cap_calculator.php?Team=26

Maybe Lil’ Gary is forcing the new version of CapGeek to give the Pens a special cap-space discount. smile

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/05/10 at 08:53 PM ET

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Hmmm. The original version of CapGeek comes up with a completely different number. Give it a try and you’ll see that the numbers I originally quoted are what you get when you generate a roster with just the players they have checked…

Following your link and adding $59.4M as salary cap before pressing “Generate roster” yields a cap of approximately $58.5M. That translates to $0.9M in cap space. But I do think there’s something wrong with the handling of bonus cushion using the original version, because it should be closer to a million. If you press “Home” and look down the list of teams you see Pittsburgh with a positive cap space of $974,354 (with Tangradi).

I have no idea how you get a cap deficit. Perhaps by using a wrong salary cap number?

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 09/06/10 at 09:11 AM ET

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