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Have the Players Learned

from the Edmonton Sun,
Have the NHL players really learned? Really figured out how damaging high salaries were before the lockout and the slashing? The answer won't be found for a few weeks. Now that the signing season has begun, it'll be an interesting study to see if all those players who agreed to a 24% rollback on existing contracts believe the change in market applies to those without contracts. There's no shortage of players who undoubtedly believe they deserve the maximum allowable this season - $7.8 million US - but how many of them are really worth it? Cases can be made for the likes of Tampa Bay goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin and forward Martin St. Louis, St. Louis defenceman Chris Pronger, Anaheim centre Peter Forsberg, Vancouver forward Markus Naslund, New Jersey defenceman Scott Niedermayer and even Calgary's Jarome Iginla, just to name a few. However, with the impact contracts like that will have on the rest of the team, it will be prudent for clubs to balk at handing out the max like parents giving their children candy. Even more important for teams will be holding back from hitting the $39 million US team cap, or even the decided budget, until we're well into the season. For the sake of their teams and the league, players may have to learn to swallow some more pride for another year or two until everyone understands how the new CBA will really work.

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