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by Paul on 07/08/12 at 07:03 AM ET
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
There are some well informed people around the NHL who feel the massive spend fest over the last few days has an excellent chance to make the new collective bargaining agreement negotiations a lot more difficult….
Take the behaviour of the Carolina Hurricanes for instance. Here was a team that was apparently hot and heavy after Zach Parise and while they may have been eliminated from the process eventually, they were making a competitive bid that might well have been accepted had there not been more attractive places to the Minnesota-born forward.
The Carolina Hurricanes throwing money at high-level free agents and driving up their costs by increasing the competition for these high-level players has to be repugnant to the owners of successful teams making revenue-sharing payments.
A persistent taker of revenuesharing funds, the Hurricanes at least one year took close to $20 million from the revenue-sharing pool and for these paying owners to watch their own dollars coming back to bid against them for many of the top-level players has to be nothing short of mind boggling.
Bidding on mid-level players is perhaps to be expected, but when the Hurricanes are in there for the best players in the game on someone else’s dime, it’s a problem.
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