Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/04/05 at 08:15 PM ET
At last weekend's NHL draft, GMs seemed to think the long-term deal would be a thing of the past because of the need to avoid taking up valuable salary cap space years in advance. Think again. A high number of big-name players got lengthy contracts once free agency opened this week. "What I didn't expect was so many long-term deals," New Jersey Devils CEO and GM Lou Lamoriello said Thursday on a conference call. "You have to do today and prepare for tomorrow. We don't know where the cap will be next year or the year after. "Once you get into three-, four- and five-year contracts, you're putting yourself into a bind."
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