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What’s Another Name For Shameful?

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Philadelphia’s offer sheet isn’t exactly the same circumvention as Ilya Kovalchuk’s first contract with New Jersey, which was rejected by the NHL for violating the “spirit of the salary cap,” but it is a blatant “spiritual” circumvention nonetheless and a giant middle finger from Snider to all small-market teams.

That’s why owners such as Snider (a notorious hawk in all previous negotiations with the NHLPA) and Leipold (who got a sweetheart deal that removed him as Predators owner and gave him the keys to the much more profitable Wild) are such monstrous hypocrites when it comes to collective bargaining negotiations. They haughtily demand NHLers tighten their financial belts each and every time the league needs a new labor deal, then proceed to make a mockery of the agreement from the minute after it’s signed to the second before it expires.

Snider must know what will happen if the Predators fail to match their offer sheet for Weber. He has to be aware crestfallen Nashville fans will be justifiably soured on the way the NHL conducts its business and as a consequence will be less likely to invest their time, emotion and money in the league. He can’t be ignorant of the fact small-market teams functioning as de facto feeder systems and farcical versions of parity will be a drag on large markets and the overall profitability of the game. He also has to know if Nashville does match his offer, the financial strain on the franchise will make it next to impossible for the Preds to improve the team around Weber.

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However, at a time when NHL team owners are in full tantrum/clawback mode over the league’s labor relations with the Players’ Association, Flyers owner Ed Snider has just taken the Predators’ corporate head and turnbuckle-smashed it into the glass with a furious intensity that would make Weber proud.

Really, Adam???  Classy…

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 07/19/12 at 06:06 PM ET

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Proteau, consistenty the worst hockey Journo in the biz.  He just can’t keep his biases out of his writing.

Posted by Wylie Times from CA on 07/19/12 at 07:02 PM ET

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This is one of the few articles he has written I agree with. I hope it motivates the small market franchises to demand a screw job on the big guys in the CBA. They do outnumber them 2 to 1.

Posted by timbits on 07/19/12 at 11:07 PM ET

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I can’t agree with him as a matter of principal.  But even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Posted by 13 user names on 07/20/12 at 12:13 AM ET

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But how did that Lindros trade end up at the end of the day?  Nashville may be better off with the picks.

Posted by 13 user names on 07/20/12 at 12:14 AM ET

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Proteau is such a wuss.  He should be writing a column about T ball.  Some sport where everyone gets a trophy.

Posted by 13 user names on 07/20/12 at 12:50 AM ET

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But how did that Lindros trade end up at the end of the day?

Yeah, but the difference is that Lindros was an unknown quantity and nobody could have predicted that he’d never ever learn to keep his head up.

With Weber you have a known quantity, a Norris runner up a couple of times and by some accounts the best defenseman in the NHL.  There’s not a lot of chance that Nashville will land that with any of their picks, especially because Weber will make the Flyers good enough that the picks will all likely be late in the first round or, at the very least, not early in the first round.

And there were two teams in serious contention for Lindros, so they had to bid against each other whereas this is just between the Flyers and Preds.

Posted by Garth on 07/20/12 at 01:20 AM ET

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Just to quibble,  I think Forsberg was the unknown in that equation.  Take him out and its only sort of insane.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 07/20/12 at 01:36 AM ET

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I thought this was about what he writes on his twitter account. sad. puck daddy wanna be.

Posted by FlyersFan on 07/20/12 at 01:53 AM ET

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