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Monday, January 08, 2007

Old NHL Problem

When I look at the salaries of these players, it is easy to find the problem. It wasn't that ALL players were overpaid, but the top ones got so much money, and the rest got pennies. In 1997, Joe Sakic made 17,000,000 for one season. 17 MILLION! Crazy, players like Sakic, Jagr, Bure, Tkachuk were getting paid over 10,000,000 a season while many others were getting paid 2,000,000 and less. The problem was that certain teams like NYR, COL, DET and TOR could go out and spend that money and all the others couldn't. Thank god the NHL fixed that issue.

On another note, I do have to take the players on this side. They really do only have 1 or 2 times in their career when they can rake the $$ in. These players make under 1 million for years and when their time comes, you can't always blame them for taking the huge offer from another team. It is one thing if you are a vet with millions already, but for guys like Muzzy who made only pennies for so long, why not?


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