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  1. I have always thought management could make money with a promotional concept similar to this. Take out some LL center ice seats(enough to fit two lazy -boys) Get lazy-boy to finance it and 2 people in upper seats at every game get picked to sit in these seats for the game.
  2. BTW, they did accept a pay cut then(see below), and again during what most believe was a good economy. MONTREAL-Zach Parise is 24 years old, one of the brightest young stars in the NHL and a pro athlete pulling down millions of dollars in annual pay. Yet as of yesterday, Parise seemed unaware he was already out almost $170,000 in salary for this season, with another $310,000 or more still to lose. The New Jersey Devils forward, a participant in tomorrow's NHL All-Star Game, is one of hundreds of NHL players who are about to be struck by the bombshell that the deteriorating North American economy is about to take enormous bites out of their paycheques. According to the projections of NHL Players' Association boss Paul Kelly, his members will collectively return about $217 million back to the league this season as NHL revenues plummet. For the first half of this season, NHLers have had 13.5 per cent deducted from every paycheque as an escrow payment. That's been happening for four years since the last collective bargaining agreement was signed, a way for the league to make sure the players' share of overall hockey revenues doesn't exceed 54-56 per cent. In two of the last three years, the players got all their money back with interest. In the 2006-07 season, they got it all back save 2.5 per cent. So the escrow, to most NHLers, was essentially annoying paperwork, more theoretical than practical. Now, not only will players not be recouping the escrow, that bi-weekly deduction is expected to immediately jump to 25 per cent based on an NHLPA recommendation. "That's news to me," said a surprised Parise, scheduled to earn $2.5 million this season. "I hope you've got a bad scoop there." Sorry, Zach, no bad scoop. In fact, despite the best efforts of Kelly, NHLPA director of player affairs Glenn Healy and other senior union executives, it's clear many NHLers will be caught totally off-guard by what essentially amounts to an enormous pay cut. "Soon, one-quarter of our paycheques may be gone," said San Jose defenceman Dan Boyle. "Everyone out there is taking some kind of cut. It's tough for everyone." True, except that pro athletes are often blissfully disconnected from the economic problems of ordinary people. With no limits on the escrow payments, NHL players could be facing salary losses for the next three years after deciding yesterday not to terminate the current CBA. "Players don't like it," said Kelly. "But they understand it." So much focus has been paid this year to struggling franchises in Phoenix, Tampa Bay and Nashville, plus the potential impact of the dropping Canadian dollar, that the perception was that the league had worrisome problems. But when the players agreed to link league revenues to their incomes in 2005, they stood to benefit when times were good, and will now get hammered because times are very bad. One of the reasons the union wants the escrow to jump immediately is that the players' association itself is liable for any shortfall at the end of the season. If that were to climb into tens of millions of dollars, it could bankrupt the union. More than ever, players will now understand their financial well-being depends on the economic health of the league after years of drawing ever-increasing salaries regardless of TV contracts or whether arenas were full or not. Players may now be less supportive of efforts to prop up money-losing franchises, or at least motivated to have franchises moved to more profitable markets. Kelly yesterday called for the league to give the association more input on TV deals, international competition, expansion and franchise relocation. "If this is a true partnership, then ... give us those rights and privileges," said Kelly. NHL players, quite obviously, are still going to be very well compensated. But four years after missing an entire season due to labour problems and only getting back to work after accepting a 24 per cent salary rollback and a salary cap, cold economic reality is about to hit them again like a Gordie Howe elbow to the nose. http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/576629''>http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/576629' target="_blank">http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/576629[/post]
  3. That was one season lost, the alternative this time will be every season lost. I am sure of this, and you will be too in the future. The NHL has scraped by in recent years with what was considered a "good" economy. How are they going to make it when attendance drops off 50%?
  4. "Hmmm, bad economy? Why don't you guys restructure my contract so I make less money and then you can reduce ticket prices?" Faced with the choice of having an NHL, aka a job for them, i think the decision will be easy. BTW, didn't they take a pay cut a few years ago in an effort to help balance the books? And that was in a very good economy.
  5. Prices are not going to drop. If anything they won't raise, but prices will never drop. Watch and see. In the coming years everything will readjust, our economy, business, salaries and sports contracts, etc, etc ,etc. There simply will not be the money as there has been over the last 10-20 years, especially for something as trivial as a sports game. I assure you, this "deal" will not be considered so in the coming years. Empty arenas will lead to buy one get one free nights and other promotions. I don't think people truly understand what is happening economically.
  6. This isn't a deal, with the long depression we are heading into, ticket prices, along with player contracts will be heading lower. My money says wait it out and you will pay even less in the future. For the next 5-10 years people will simply not have the discretionary income to spend on any sport under the current pricing structure.
  7. I am from Lockport, NY and moved here about 10 years ago. I was also big sabres fan, attending their triple overtime, game 6, "No goal" game. I also share your embarrassment. A friend and I went to the Eastern conference finals games a few years back in Buffalo. The first game(game 3 of the series) the Sabres won and we were relentlessly attacked many times walking from the arena. Throwing beer and spitting on us, it was quite sad. I do not understand that type of mentality, .....let's fight over a sports team, duh. Buffalo is a dying city and the people that can move elsewhere, do, the rest, remain there and rot
  8. I was thinking the exact same thing. I have never been a huge fan of Cam. I have always thought of him and Ryan Miller, as the 2 most overrated in the league. I like what i see so far in Leighton.
  9. Monday, March 31, 2008 Whitney, Williams look ready to go Three of the Hurricanes' walking wounded were on the ice for practice Monday, and it looks like two of them may be back in the lineup Tuesday night. Ray Whitney and Justin Williams were both out early for power-play practice, while Matt Cullen practiced in a blue no-contract jersey, which is the next step in his recovery from his latest bout with post-concussion symptoms. Whitney and Williams were both included in the five-on-three unit, so it certainly appears they're going to play tomorrow. Whitney, Jeff Hamilton and Williams skated as a line Monday. One wrinkle in the plan: With the MCI Center unavailable Tuesday morning, the Hurricanes won't have a morning skate before the game, which means Monday is the only opportunity Whitney and Williams (who was cleared for full contact Monday) will have to practice with their teammates. More updates after practice. Posted at 11:19 am by Luke DeCock in General Lord Stanley's Blog Leave a comment | Permalink
  10. I think the world of Stillman, that being said, I think his time as a Hurricane has passed. We need to get younger, resigning Stillman doesn't achieve this.
  11. cdo

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    Then you must not have watched him play this year. His game has been off all year, he isn't even in the top 30 goalies in GAA. Going into the playoffs, IMO, goaltender is our weakest position.
  12. "Cam Ward is a great goalie" I disagree, he is an average goalie. He and Ryan Miller are the two most overrated goalies in the NHL, IMO.
  13. "He is voicing an opinion and his initial post did not insult or attack anyone with his opinion. Why are we not allowed to have one. If someone doesn't like it then don't post back. Plan and simple" Ditto
  14. Oops, yeah i always says Jason for some reason, I did mean Justin though, thanks.
  15. TO those that aren't Jason Williams fans, why? I think he is a talented player, don't know him personally but met his father a few times. 2 years ago we went to Buffalo for the games in the eastern conference finals. We met Jason's father and a group of his friends on the way in the arena as a bunch of Buffalo fans started *edited for language* with us. While getting to know them we were invited into the locker room after the game, though we choose not to, as we aren't those type of fans. My point is, the apple doesn't fall from the tree, and his father sure seemed like a good man/person.
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