Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/20/12 at 07:25 PM ET
from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,
It is safe to assume that Snider and fellow NHL boardroom right-wingers – such as Los Angeles Kings owner Phillip Anschutz, who is worth $6 billion and funds organizations battling gay rights and promoting “intelligent design” as an alternative to evolution – are backing the hard line Gary Bettman has adopted in contract negotiations with the players’ association.
But as fears of a lockout spread like an off-season contagion among hockey fans, the Flyers have signed restricted free agent Shea Weber to a 14-year, $110-million offer sheet. The Nashville Predators have the right to match the offer, and they must to maintain credibility as a franchise in a non-traditional hockey market. But equalling the upfront payments in the Flyers’ contract will cripple the Predators in terms of the team they might hope to build around Weber….
What’s not news is the plutocracy seeking to enrich themselves further by striking hard bargains with the help. The Flyers’ lucrative offer to Shea Weber, however, is sending mixed messages.
Ed Snider’s message to Nashville is less ambiguous. It rhymes with “duck stew”.
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