Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/21/05 at 10:01 AM ET
When Detroit Red Wings players went on a recent golf trip with captain Steve Yzerman, there was plenty of discussion that some won't be teammates when the NHL tees it up again in October. Though players are coming to Toronto to see how the new $39 million salary cap will affect their checking accounts, there also is ample concern about how the new deal is going to affect their checking line and ultimately the team's competitiveness. "I think everyone on our team is realizing things are going to change," Detroit center Kris Draper said as he arrived for player meetings Wednesday. "The league wanted a new economic system, and when they did that it took away our advantage." Draper has been with the team 12 years, and he says it will be an adjustment for him and the organization to not be able to use their strong revenue base as a competitive edge. "Every year I came to training camp knowing we had a chance to win the Stanley Cup," Draper said. "We always knew that come trade deadline (general manager) Ken Holland was going to go out and better our team and (owner) Mike Ilitch was going to give him the green light."
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