Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/02/10 at 09:09 AM ET
Fans are beginning to get excited about hockey taking center stage in a few weeks.
Think about that and it should be your major concern right about now.
Get the Kovalchuk deal worked out now or move on, at this point in time fans just want closure.
Regarding the other contracts that may be under review, get those out of the way too. Make a decision and move on. We don’t need anything like this hanging over our heads. Fans want to talk about hockey on the ice, not what is going on with all of this contract talk.
added 8:20am, from Damien Cox of The Spin,
Having teams cook up bizarre, front-loaded contracts that whittle down to $50 a season in the 45th year doesn’t help NHL players in general. It may help teams like Chicago win the Stanley Cup, but the vast majority of NHL clubs don’t benefit from these kind of deals that most GMs see as a form of cheating.
Everybody knows how much money is on the table for the players. It’s set out in the collective bargaining agreement. It’s just a question of how its divvied up. The more Ilya Kovalchuk gets, the less somebody else gets, or at least the bigger the escrow cut that comes the way of the average NHL player.
So if the NHL and the NHL Players Association are really using the 48-hour extension in the Kovalchuk decision to hammer out some kind of mid-CBA agreement on how to handle these deals, it’s probably a good thing for everybody. Well, everybody except maybe Kovalchuk. And a few others.
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