Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/18/05 at 12:22 PM ET
When the NHL Board of Governors met last week to discuss the state of the NHL, it addressed the viability of keeping the Penguins in Pittsburgh, the inner-workings of the new $39 million salary cap, and the feasibility of an expanded playoff format that would increase the number of playoff teams from 16 to 20. Two topics that were not discussed last week have Flyers general manager Bob Clarke tied up in knots: handling the day-to-day challenges of the salary cap, and the interpretation of the new rules. Last Wednesday, while the Flyers were skating in preparation to face the Vancouver Canucks, three players scheduled to be in the lineup the next night -- Eager, Chouinard and Matt Ellison -- practiced with the Phantoms. Why? Because the Flyers did not want to pay them the combined $12,000 for one day of NHL service. "We could," Clarke said, "but it costs too much money on the cap. It just doesn't seem right. We're supposed to have a chance to put the best possible team on the ice. But when you're talking about three players, you're talking between 10 and 15 grand a day against the cap."more
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