Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/09/08 at 11:16 AM ET
from the Toronto Sun,
Holland heard all of the predictions that his team would be in for a freefall once the salary cap era started. Now, with his Wings vying for first overall in the league, he can have the last laugh.
“Every team in the league has 60-70% of the cap tied up in eight or nine core players,” he said. “It was that way before the cap. That makes it even more important to find ways to fill out your roster.”
Holland has done a masterful job to that end. Free-agent pickup Daniel Cleary, on pace for a 20-plus goal campaign, has a salary of $650,000 this season. Chris Osgood, who is among the league leaders in goals-against average and save percentage, recently signed an extension for a hometown discount of $1.41 million per season. And ageless Chris Chelios, a priceless team leader, earns an economical $1.15 million.
much more on Holland and the Wings… Also, don’t forget that Zetterberg will be making $2.9M for next season, and that may be the bargain of the year.
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