Thread: Larry Brooks: Sather keeps Avery in limbo
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01-12-2012, 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr Atoz View Post
This is another example of the cap hurting the team and a player. Redden is toiling in the minors because it pays $6+ million a year. But he knows that the cap is preventing him from getting a chance to play in the NHL again. Otherwise the Rangers would just pay him off as they did in the old days. The Rangers would have no problem letting Avery go if it didn't hurt the team. But because the NHL wants to be widely popular instead of just a better league they insist on allowing cities that can't compete in the NHL in so the true hockey markets are forced to sacrifice their game.
Eh, you have a point to a degree, but the other end of the spectrum is what goes on in MLB where 3-4 teams and two in particular can and do spend way more than every other team and thus, are perennial front runners simply because their owners are richer. I don't think that's necessarily a better scenario, even though our beloved Rangers would be the one spending the most. Although, we spent that much during the dark ages and still missed the playoffs every year. I guess it shows that chemistry is so much more a factor in hockey than in baseball, where everything is individualized. Always an interesting debate as both sides have valid complaints about the other.

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