Eric Lindros Speaks Out On NHL Lockout
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11-16-2012, 05:47 PM
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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.
The original argument was concerning the Lindros decision.
Injuries aside, Lindros should have made a lot more money than Sakic. He was the better player.
That he didn't shows how wrong the Lindros' were when they forced the trade. The sad part is that his parents seemed more concerned with the money than Eric's happiness and well-being.
I guess that is beside the point though.
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