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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Ground control to NHL GM's...


Today, Vinny Lecavalier signed a 4 year contract that will pay him $6.875 million/season. Joe Thornton will make $6.66 million/season. Maid Marian Hossa will probably hold out because he feels insulted by only making $5 million/season. Blah blah blah. The list goes on, and my head goes numb.

What I really want to do is call up every single NHL General Manager and scream at them. I thought that teams were crying foul and that player salaries were escalating to idiotic numbers? Wasn't that what the loss of the entire season was supposed to be about? Well it sure appears that most NHL teams are truckin' along with the status quo. For cryin out loud, you morons, get your heads out of your collective asses. Stop paying these players ridiculous contracts or else we will all end up in the exact same spot in 5-6 years time.

I'm obviously not an NHL GM, and I've travelled down this road several times before, but I'll say it again, players like Vincent Lecavalier, Joe Thornton, etc. etc. should in no damn way be making the ridiculous sums of cash that they are. And damn the NHL GM's for serving it right back up to them after crying poor for so long.

So much for the notion that the players took a huge drubbing in this CBA.

GM's and owners as a collective are idiots, and players are the same greedy scoundrels that they have been for the last decade. The new CBA has done nothing to put a stop to high salaries - it's merely widened the divide between the high end players and the low level grunts. Soon the days of deep and highly skilled teams like the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators will be gone simply because they cannot afford to pay everyone their demands. Hmmm, sounds like a familiar problem, doesn't it?

What ever happend to the concept of a team player? Don't these athletes realize that if they gobble up that large a chunk of a team's payroll, the rest of the team is likely to be filled out by mediocrity? (the same question applies to idiot GM's) Morons.

The new CBA has many new tools that the GM's and owners could use to keep salaries in check. They fought and sacrificed an entire season while alienating fans such as myself. It was up to them to now exercise some common sense and show restraint. Show the players that demand crazy money who was really in charge. But again, the merry-go-round simply spins. It seems as though you can't take the idiot out of the GM, nor the incessantly starving ego out of the player.

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