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09-29-2003, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Tom Liodice
I'm sorry, but I strongly disagree with this. When was the last time that the Islanders were setting the standards for salaries? The isles started shelling out the money when Charles Wang purchase the team in late 2000. Before then, Isles GM Mike Milbury was basically told by then-owners Howard Milstein and Steven Gluckstern that he could have either a $5 million, $10 million, or $15 million payroll. While the Isles were stuck in the crapper, the Rangers were trying to shell out ridiculous amounts of cash for Joe Sakic, which practically forced the Avalanche to match the offer. In my opinion, that is when the salary structure went through the roof. The whole fact of the Blues trying to sign Doug Weight for that much is a non-issue. This has started way before the Isles actually were back by an owner who had faith in the team. Teams like the Rangers aren't helping the current state of the NHL by signing guys like Greg de Vries for a $4.2 million contract. They can survive with this is because they are backed by a major cable television company, Cablevision.

the islanders did not do hockey much of a favor when they signed yashin. Who else would have given that guy that contract? It set the bar for a bunch of other players and every team is suffering.

same for the blues. Really and truly, there were 4-5 teams able to pay 5 mill per and there were 7-8 guys availbale. Why didn't they tell doug that he could earn them 5 mill per year so that is what they would pay him?

My whole point is this - the current cba would work if there was a strong enough disincentive to run a loss. The challenge is how to stop the fools from giving contracts that could never make economic sense. How to stop owners from themselves?

3.5 mill per year for todd marchant ????? aaaarrrrgggghhhhhhh

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