Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 04/29/12 at 07:00 AM ET
From the Tennessean’s Nate Rau:
Nashville Predators Chairman Tom Cigarran said the team remains committed to signing its top players to lucrative contracts, even though the team has yet to be profitable and members of the ownership group have had to put in $60 million of their own money over the last five years.
“We were going to keep the very best players to the extent we can, to the extent they want to play here,” Cigarran said, explaining the ownership group’s willingness to dip into members’ own pockets. “To the extent they want to play here, we would step up and make sure we had the money available to pay them.”
Since the mostly local ownership group bought the team in 2007, its payroll has risen from $34 million to $56 million this season, the Predators said.
“And next year, if we sign the key players who are in the paper all the time, which we are prepared to do, it’ll be substantially higher,” Cigarran said.
Continued with an obvious trio of players listed in Ryan Suter, Shea Weber and Alex Radulov.
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