Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Big shifts in the Hockey Universe
With this in mind, I decided to do something to change the winds of destiny.
I shaved my playoff beard.
That’s right, because my facial hair holds the balance of power in the hockey universe. Right after I shaved, Carolina evened up their series with Buffalo, so I know that at least one team I want to win benefited from a Mach III treatment.
Oh, I still have the moustache going, so I haven't completed chickened out. I'm going for something along the Bill Houlder route.
Now, THAT'S a moustache, bitches!
Now that I've rid myself of some hair, will Samson(ov) and the Oilers lose all of their mystical mojo? Muhahahahaha!
David over at Hockey Analysis is in shock and awe over the Tampa Bay Lightning giving Brad Richards enough money to use a toilet paper for the rest of his life with enough left over to buy 14 million bags of Cheesy Poofs
Am I reading this right? Did Brad Richards really sign a 5 year contract that will pay him $7.8 million per year? Is the Tampa Bay management insane? It appears the answer to all of those questions is yes. How sad for Tampa Bay Lightning fans.I can see the justification for giving Brad Richards that much salary, considering he is more valuable to the Lightning and has performed better than the other two for the past few seasons. If I had to pick one of the three, I'd take Richards first every time. St. Louis is older and not as consistently productive, while Lecavalier is rather atrocious defensively.
Here is the problem. Richards will make $7.8 million a season. Martin St. Louis will make 5.25 million a season. And Vincent Lecavalier will make 6.875 million per season. Combined those 3 guys will make nearly $20 million dollars, or just over half of this past seasons salary cap.
Over the past three seasons:
Richards: 242GP 66-178-244PTS
St. Louis: 244GP 102-123-225PTS
Lecavalier: 241GP 100-119-219PTS
The problem, as mentioned, is that the Lightning are dangerously entering the old Larry Pleau danger zone and giving a huge chunk of their payroll to just a few players. How can the Lightning acquire quality depth when they spend so much on just 3 players? The Lightning aren't flush with quality prospects in their system, and the lack of depth was apparent this season as they barely squeaked into the playoffs. The Lightning could easily end up like the Blues in the next few years...
It was nice to see some domestic players play well. Kollar and Kovacik were amongst the better performers.
Strangely enough, Slovakia defeated both gold medal Swedish teams (in Turin and Riga).
It's also a bit much to say that Rollie is stealing games or bailing out the team. The fact is, he is just in solid position and most of the shots are coming from the outside.
Only dissapointed there were no halfnaked men this time,thought that was going to be a tradition *s*
The trinity of Richards/St. Louis/Lecavalier cost the team about 41% of the salary cap this year. If you buy into the revenue projection, the figure will rise to 48% next year and be back to 41% by the 2008-09 season.
After than, it just gets silly: in the last two years of the CBA, the Bolts will use just 37% and 35% of the cap to pay three players who are collectively worth close to 60%.
A great deal.
Bill has 2 children, both absolutely smitten when it comes to their dad. A solid family man. I couldn't ask for a better father for our kids. xoM.