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11-16-2012, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by ThePhoenixx View Post
Mid-market with a really big-market owner who will spend, spend, spend....

You guys are very, very lucky to have the owner you do.

The teams whose spending was cited as justification for the last lockout were teams like Colorado and Detroit, not just NYR and Toronto or Philly.

Atlanta and San Jose are larger metro areas than Detroit. But to get back to the original point, I still think the only case of a small market team paying out Sakic or Lindros money, is Nashville, and that just happened.

Here are links to Sakic's and Lindros's career earnings, noting that Sakic has a three yr headstart on this salary site. Lindros's lifetime earnings were certainly affected by the timing of his injuries relative to when salaries ticked upwards (he was making $8.5 MM when Sakic got his $17 MM offer sheet payment). Then the gaps start appearing.

Lindros has a higher rate of appreciation before he's beset by injuries, but they're on par by the 98 or so timeframe. Sakic will earn over 65% of his money after 2000, a point where Lindros' career is really over given the injury history.

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