Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/28/05 at 12:30 PM ET
Not content with having to spend a certain amount of money in the new NHL in order to compete, miserly owners who care about the bottom line more so than the Stanley Cup, are looking for a way to spend closer to the salary floor (currently $21.5 million) all the while being able to reap in the benefits of additional funds from postseason play. In other words, don’t overspend to compete, just be good enough to hang around .500 or just below it and then make the playoffs and gamble on a surprise run that will capture the imagination of an unexpecting fan base. And if it doesn’t work, hey, at least you didn’t lose any money, right? You know what that attitude breeds don’t you? Yep, another financial chasm in a league that can’t afford one. There’ll be your perennial contenders willing to spend right up to the cap to try to win a championship. And then there’ll be the bottom-feeders who will try to use this pathetic tactic to play a game of macroeconomic chicken.more
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