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09-10-2004, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Rick Middleton
Why should the owners continue to work within the set market? Why can't they simply offer less? Because the owners are the root of the problem. Not all owners, some owners. Those who would be willing to outspend their competition regardless of the damage it could do to the league. So those with smaller pocketbooks are trying to enforce some semblance of a salary system on the ownership.
The other owners are the smart ones. The owners set the market because the owners gave Keith Tkachuk $11 million. Keith Tkachuk didn't give Keith Tkachuk $11 million. Bobby Holik didn't give Bobby Holik a 5-year $45 million contract.

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