Teams like the Rangers ruined this league
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12-15-2004, 06:39 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Danbury, CT
The Rangers made the mistake of making an absurd offer to one player that had a direct effect on the overall landscape of the NHL and that was to Sakic in 97.
That offer was what may have started things, but what the Islanders did with Yashin and Peca was even more absurd.
Both players were more easily comparable to other players in the NHL simply because neither are on the same level as Sakic, then or now.
Both players held out for certain amounts that their previous teams were not willing to meet, yet the Islanders acquired both players and gave them both MORE than they were worth.
Holik on the other hand was offered 8 million+ byt both NJ and Tor. The Rangers felt and I feel the same way that they needed that type of player and agreed to the extra million to nail down the player you need and want. The Holik contract can't be looked at when Elias or Iginla negotiate their contracts simply because they have not reached that level of total Free Agency. The contracts that they look at, Yashin. John Madden? Peca although he could have really raked the Devils over the coals by becomming a UFA this past summer, he did the right thing in my opinion.
As for your other comments, thanks Mr. Obvious. The Devils and Senators are the model that all teams should try to emulate, like we didn't know that.
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