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Contracts May Split Friends

from the Toronto Globe and Mail,
Player agent Don Baizley believes the new landscape of the National Hockey League will make it difficult to negotiate contracts so that close friends can be on the same team. Two years ago, Baizley reunited two of his clients, Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne, with the Colorado Avalanche when there was no salary cap in the collective agreement. Now, with a ceiling of $39-million (all figures U.S.) a club, which is likely to be adopted by the league and the National Hockey League Players' Association after ratification votes this week, both former all-stars may end up on opposing teams. "In this capped environment, it will be even more difficult for a package of two players to move anywhere," Baizley said this week. "I don't see that in the cards. It's hard to have a handle on things -- there is no complete picture until we see the new documents -- but it would appear it's going to be anything but status quo."

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