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04 July 2007 - 12:02 PM

Joey Chestnut ate 66 hotdogs in 12 minutes to beat reigning champ Kobayashi!

If Nieds Does Retire

03 July 2007 - 09:43 PM

Nobody can disagree, Nieds did a lot for The Devils.

The question is, will the #27 be hanging next to #3 and #4?
Messier was retired by Edmonton as well as the Robber Barons across the Hudson.

I would love to see a tribute to him in that way.

Who has money left?

02 July 2007 - 06:20 PM

I got this from HFboards.

"I'm sure this is not perfect, but using lots of web resources here are the MINIMUM salary commitments for each team as of 3:00 Monday. For RFA I used their qualifying offers, in some cases those RFA will probably see a major raise. For the 20 man roster I used the 2 G, 12 F and 6 D under contract that seemed most likely to be on the team if the season started today.

$$$ Team Name (Significant RFA to be signed)
51.0 Philadelphia
47.4 Toronto
46.4 Boston
44.6 Ottawa (Emery, Schubert, Kelly, Saparykin)
43.9 NY Rangers (Lundqvist, Prucha, Avery, Hossa)
42.1 Carolina
40.3 Florida (?Dvorak salary, Weiss)
40.3 Tampa
37.8 Montreal (Ryder, Perezhogin)
37.2 Pittsburgh (Armstrong)
36.0 Atlanta (Exelby)
35.6 New Jersey (Parise, P.Martin)
33.2 Buffalo (Vanek, Roy, Paetsch, Paille)
32.7 Washington (Eminger)
26.0 NY Islanders (Campoli, Hunter)

47.1 Anaheim (Selanne? includes S.Niedermayer)
45.2 Vancouver
45.0 St. Louis (Stempniak, Woywitka)
43.5 Colorado (Svatos)
43.0 Calgary
41.5 Chicago
41.4 Minnesota
41.0 Detroit (Hudler)
40.6 Dallas (Ribeiro, Jokinen, Miettinen)
39.9 Edmonton (Pitkanen, Torres)
37.1 San Jose
37.1 Columbus
35.7 LA Kings (Cammalleri)
32.5 Phoenix (Ballard)
27.6 Nashville"

What the Salary Cap has really done

02 July 2007 - 11:27 AM


What hath Bettman wrought?
By Jim Kelley, Sportsnet.ca

Daniel Briere goes to the Philadelphia Flyers for $52 million over eight years. He'll receive a whopping $10 million in the first year alone.

Chris Drury and Scott Gomez go to the New York Rangers for six years and $35 million and seven years and $51.5 million respectively.

Ryan Smyth is off to the Colorado Avalanche for $31.25 million over five years and Jason Blake -Jason Blake for crying out loud- goes to the Toronto Maple Leafs for $20 million over five years.

On the surface it looks good for the likes of the Flyers and the Rangers and maybe even the Avalanche and the Maple Leafs in the short term, but what does this say about where the NHL is heading with yet another round of salary escalation with advantages for the richer teams and something considerably less for the lesser markets (which just happens to be the majority of NHL cities).

Now it's a given that no one talks about "a drag on salaries," the often laughed at proclamation the commissioner used to make every time former union chief Bob Goodenow whipped his backside at the bargaining table.

But wasn't this CBA, the one that did Goodenow in, broke the players association as a viable force in the sport and the one that promised cost certainty to legions of fans who sided with ownership against "greedy" players?

Wasn't this the deal that would put all teams on a competitive footing regarding payroll costs and therefore strike a competitive balance throughout two lands?

I'm sorry, did we miss something or did all that go out the same way of the promise of reduced ticket prices?

Do you think fans in Nashville are singing the praises of "a fair an equitable system for all" now that Paul Kariya is in St. Louis, Kimo Timonen and Scott Hartnell are in Philadelphia, Tomas Vokoun is in Florida and an owner that has lost money in every season is gutting his team to get to the minimum spending level while he awaits a sale that may never come?

Think anyone has broken into a chorus of "Happy Days are Here Again" in Buffalo now that co-captains, top scorers and team leaders Drury and Briere are gone despite the fact Sabres fan sold out the HSBC arena for every game and led the league in merchandise sold (or so they claimed for most of the season)?

Hey, I understand it's pro sports and it's a follow the money game, but isn't that the problem all over again? And, by the way, where is all this money coming from?

If the league was in such dire straits that if felt both the need (and the obligation as some said back then) to shut down for an entire season in order to regain fiscal sanity, well, where is it?

The year before the lockout, the Buffalo Sabres had a nice little team that appeared to be on the rise with a tidy and manageable payroll of about $30 million. Now a part of the reason for that was they had owners that were about to become convicted felons and they were struggling to get through a bankruptcy, but their salvation was thought to be new ownership in the form of billionaire Tom Gollisano who bought the team on the premise that Bettman was building a new economic order that would allow even small and mid-market teams to be competitive, hold on to their talent and, if they minded their dollars and signings, even make a profit.

In the season after the lockout, Gollisano's payroll rose to some $42 million and the year after that it rose to $44 million and that was after they had to accept a $5 million arbitration award for Briere and let No.1 defensive defenceman Jay McKee and power forward Mike Greir walk in free agency AND lose J.P. Dumont because the ran out of cap space and couldn't sign him.

It was worse in Nashville this time and last time I looked, things weren't going particularly well in Atlanta, Washington, Phoenix, Florida, Columbus or even in big-markets-Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston-with bad teams who can't seem to get better but keep raising ticket prices just to stay "competitive" in the free-agent marketplace.

And what was once a self-imposed ceiling on mid-market and small-market teams now won't even equal the commissioner's new floor. Just last week, the new minimum spending limit was announced at $34.3 million. That's a number that could doom a Phoenix or Washington or Columbus and it's certainly a stumbling block for any group of civic-minded people who want to try and keep a team in Nashville or who are struggling to get a new building built in Edmonton or on Long Island.

Now I don't normally get on a soap box for millionaires and billionaires, especially when the billionaire owner in Buffalo and the somewhat wealthy outgoing owner in Nashville are accepting revenue sharing checks from teams who didn't make the playoffs, but there is a case to be made here.

For instance, the Globe and Mail recently published calculations indicating that the so-called "cap" has risen by $11 million per club in just two seasons. From $39 million to $50.3 million for the upcoming season.

Now given that the players can only get 54 percent of the total league revenues in one season, and given that the NHL's television revenues, the lifeblood of most any successful pro sports league, are abysmal, one has to wonder exactly where all this new money is coming from.

Surely some comes from the never-ending parade of ticket price hikes since the lockout ended, but 30 clubs, $11 million per club, well, you do the math.

OK, too many zeroes. Well, the Globe did it for you and if the teams average just $45 million in salaries for next season, some $5 million below the cap, then the projected league revenue is $1.35 billion for next season.

But here's the kicker: That's pretty much the same amount as the league was taking in before the lockout. The problem with that is the big markets are capped, but still taking in tons of money that goes right into the profit column, but the smaller teams have to spend to a floor that some of them can't afford and still have to deal with a system that allows the bigger market clubs the necessary leeway to pick off the better players with more lucrative deals spread out over longer terms to minimize the cap hit in any one season.

That may come back to haunt those clubs in the future, but with a gap of $16-plus million between the ceiling and the floor, don't count on it happening anytime soon.

Under this CBA the rich get richer AND get to pick off the better players. The less rich will have to raise ticket prices in some markets just to get to the floor and in other markets just to be able to pay for arbitration awards that will be rising because of the new contracts being handed out to players who are jumping to teams with more cash on hand.

Imagine hiking ticket prices after you've just seen your best player bolt for a bigger market and you've got nothing in return.

Of course even those teams losing a star player will have to raise ticket prices to "absorb" the costs of securing their remaining players while the larger market teams will have to raise them to pay for their new players and to keep the profit margins they are now growing accustomed to and in the end, the inflationary cycle, the one that was supposed to be broken by this new CBA, is back and in an even high gear.

Don't know how you see it but from here, it looks like the same old NHL and now they're talking expansion?

Thanks a lot Gary.

What we have left and what we could do

02 July 2007 - 10:05 AM

First off, we still have Brodeur. Nobody else in the Atlantic (or the East) has a goaltender like him. And despite what everybody says about Brodeur only being good because of the NJ defense, lets see. When we lost both Stevens and Niedermayer, He came back with a 40+ win season. Whenever we seem to lose some core defenseman Marty fills the gap himself by playing better himself and even more spectacular. He'll probably do the same this year.

Next up is filling the Gomez void. Lets face it, last year had to be one of his worst. He was lazy and just couldn't get the job done most of the time.

I'm not sure if anybody has thought of this, but we could put Madden in that spot. He's got a wicked shot and can set up goals just as good. We just don't see it often because hes on the checking line. He's a smart player and if he could adjust to working with Gionta and Elias or Parise/Zajac then it would be a good line. Hell, even move up Brylin from the checking line. Him and Madden already work well together, seeing most of their goals came off each others assists. Work up Cam Janssen a bit and add him to the checking line in their stead. It would be much more intimidating and if you teach him not to take stupid penalties, which I've seen improve, then he would be a good addition. While hes sitting in the box from a Fighting Major, Madden could easily take his spot for a few.

But then, who do you pick fill Maddens shoes? Jimmy Dowd, if Lou cares to resign him and thats what im thinking hes gonna do. Towards the end of last season, He was on the PK a lot more often and he showed that he could do it very well. I think he even filled in the spot whenever Madden missed a game. He might not be as great as Madden, but hes still a really good substitute and well, Pando is still there. We can even throw Langenbrunner in the mix.

The offensive lines could be as follows


The 4th line would have some kind offensive threat if you added Zajac. Rupp and Rasmussen will continue to get the energy going with their checking. They aren't bad players themselves and they've done some good in the last year.

Losing Raf was a hit to the defense, but we still have Martin, Whitey, and Oduya :koolaid: Lukowich played some big minutes towards the end of the season last year and during the playoffs and he can continue to do that. Souray would be a nice addition, He started out in Jersey and he's really matured since then. His last season with the Habs was outstanding and i think he could be a great PP setup man.

As for the rest, we have a few prospects (Clarckson) and Greene wasn't all that bad last year.

That ends my optimism, I really think that would work out. We would still be contenders as long as everybody stayed healthy.