Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/04/05 at 08:29 AM ET
The hockey landscape was altered beyond recognition by the NHL's nuclear winter and the subsequent new collective bargaining agreement with its players. The constant, however, remains the inability of several teams to completely control themselves, even within the restrictions of a hard $39 million (all figures U.S.) salary cap. A longer contract has become the dealmaker for clubs trying to lure free agents or in convincing their own stars to stay beyond the time when they could hit the open market. Tampa secured both Vinny Lecavalier with a four-year, $27.5 million deal and Martin St. Louis with $31.5 million spread over six seasons. Edmonton gave Chris Pronger a five-year deal for $31.25 million, Sergei Gonchar will get $5 million in each of the next five years from Pittsburgh. It goes on and on. "Has everybody lost their hockey mind?" Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos wondered aloud to the Raleigh News-Observer last week. "Some of the GMs have a short attention span."
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