Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/06/06 at 09:50 AM ET
Last week in this space, a case was made to say that the Blue Jackets are resolutely squeezing Zherdev, nickel-and-diming him in contract negotiations, for no other reason other than they can. In ensuing days, during the normal course of phone gabbing with hockey types, there arose an interesting defender of Blue Jackets management. "I know I’m an agent and I shouldn’t be saying anything like this, but I can understand where the team is coming from," the defender said. "When we, as agents, have leverage, they know (darn) well we’re going to use it. And when (management) has leverage, well, they’re going to try to use it, too. That’s the business. Why should they pay a guy when they don’t have to? "read on added 8:13am, Also from the Columbus Dispatch,
MacLean must have forgotten his remarks. One of the most promising young talents in the NHL, Nikolai Zherdev, is now being jerked around in contract negotiations. Once again, fans are going to have to face losing a star player over a disagreement about length of contract. Apparently MacLean did not learn his lesson when he let Ray Whitney slip away.more...fans speak out on this situation...
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