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by Paul on 07/03/13 at 09:28 AM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Try this exercise before rushing to judgment on the $22.5-million (U.S.) the Philadelphia Flyers paid to sign Vincent Lecavalier to a five-year contract Wednesday – which, admittedly, seemed like an odd NHL marriage at first blush:
What is the actual value of a No. 2 centre, with Lecavalier’s size (6 foot 4, 208 pounds) and pedigree, on the open market?
And just for a moment, forget Philadelphia’s salary-cap issues, or its inability to land a starting goaltender beyond Steve Mason.
If you were evaluating the transaction strictly as a hockey deal, you’d have to say it was a defensible acquisition for a team that believes it has to bounce right back into the NHL’s elite after a miserable season in which it missed the playoffs.
from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,
Nobody should feel bad for Vinny Lecavalier. He's doing the Bobby Holik double-dip, getting paid tens of millions of dollars by not one but two NHL teams.
Lecavalier's going to get $22.5 million over the next five seasons from Philly at the same time he starts to draw on his buyout from Tampa Bay, which is about $30 million spread over 14 years.
Still, remember all the nonsense in the last collective bargaining squabble over the players insisting on a "make whole" provision, that contracts that were signed before the lockout should and must be paid in whole down to the very penny?
It's was horse-bleep then, and it's even more so now.
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