Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/26/05 at 04:22 PM ET
Suddenly, Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs is a big spender. After years of playing it close to the vest and keeping salaries reined in, Jacobs has allowed his general manager, Mike O'Connell, to tread very close to the $39 million salary cap dictated by the recently ratified CBA. For a man that has spent the better part of a decade being vilified by fans for his penurious ways and absentee landlordship of one of the sport's marquee franchises, Jacobs believes this mere fact entitles him to a huge round of applause from the club's supporters. He wants the fans to forget that he is merely playing by the rules he himself brought into being. Because, let's not forget, Jacobs was one of the biggest hawks among the owners, insisting that salaries be brought under control across the National Hockey League — no matter the cost. After more than 300 days of NHL darkness, the owners achieved their goal of having a revenue-based salary cap in place to limit the cost of obtaining and holding onto players.
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