Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/13/06 at 11:05 AM ET
To Gary Bettman, whom it is widely believed vetoed a similar contract attempt last season, Wang is a danger. Wang becomes Bettman's first rogue owner after the tiny perfect commissioner had finally reined in those among his group who have more money than brains. On Monday, the ceiling on long-term deals was seven years. Yesterday, it became 15. As other owners follow suit, eating up 2020's salary cap quota long before 2010 has even begun, Bettman can see the horsemen gathering on the horizon, a growing cadre of owners who would aim to push the salary cap ever higher. While the Islanders were announcing DiPietro's deal yesterday, the Philadelphia Flyers were breaking the collusive drought on tendering offer sheets to other teams' restricted free agents, going after Vancouver's Ryan Kesler. The Canucks later indicated they would match the Flyers' offer. By then, though, it was clear that the 30 owners who joined hands to bury the NHLPA just 12 months ago have once again set out in their own self-interest.more
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