Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/30/06 at 11:08 AM ET
The Buffalo Sabres waited a long time for the NHL to get its financial house in order. And while they turned a profit in the first year of the new collective bargaining agreement, there's no guarantee they'll reside in the black as the CBA continues to mature and salaries escalate. Their small-market status mandates the Sabres tread cautiously. Paying Jay McKee in the vicinity of $3 million a season, a figure he might attain through free agency, would throw their payroll structure out of kilter. How can anyone rationalize paying McKee well in excess of the combined salaries of the team's top two defensemen, Henrik Tallinder and Toni Lydman? And if Regier were to cave, which he won't, he would be contributing to the indiscriminate salary escalation he lobbied against for years. McKee's a warrior who warrants a substantial increase from the Sabres, but it has to come within the small-market context.read on
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