Why The NHL Can’t Void Earlier Contracts, and Some Other StuffShareThis
The NHL won’t de-register the frontloaded contracts that teams assumed were kosher. They just can’t. The consequences would be vastly damaging, like going back in time and killing a butterfly. It’s just simply too late to make that move.
They have to know they can’t tell the Canucks that Luongo’s contract is no good, or the Blackhawks that Hossa’s is void. Chicago already traded a half dozen players to make room for that contract. The Canucks have made some moves themselves, but more importantly, having this come up at this point in summer leaves a major question: what would those teams have done differently in the off-season had they known their big deals were void? Would either team have taken a run at other free agents?
Point is, who knows what would be different now had teams been made aware that certain contracts they wrote up were no good – de-registering them now would fully eff with everyone’s roster and cap plans. If the cap is designed to encourage parity (as in, fairness), it’s not exactly fair to penalize a team a whole summer simply because you changed your mind.
So if the NHL wants to say those contracts are “grandfathered in” when they change the clause that allows for these deals, fine. Whatever you have to say to let them pass while you plug the hole.
But vaguely implying that you might still overturn them is annoying. It’s the exact same thing as the Sochi Olympics bargaining chip – They want the PA to make a concession to protect those contracts, even though, really, the PA shouldn’t have to concede shit. The CBA is what it is til 2012, and technically, those contracts are legal, sooo….. why are we doing you a favour again? It’s the NHL who needs to make a concession to get the PA to agree to fix the loophole early.
For the record, I’m glad they seem to be willing to work with the NHL on making a fix. I’m glad they’re talking CBA early. It just bugs me that the NHL is creating bargaining chips out of nothing, especially with the PA as beleaguered as they are.
Could you imagine if the league told those teams that those contracts were void? CHAOS. Pure chaos. It’d be a painful, tiring circle of arbitration court battles, appeals, fan revolt and misery. They’re not going to void those deals. They can’t. They need to let that butterfly live.
I like when my boy Wyshynski gets fired up about something, and this morning he made a nice twitter take-down of the “Crosby’s a drunken sex addict” email (And SB’s coverage of it). I never really saw what the whole kerfuffle was all about, nor did I see the email, sooo - care to explain, anyone?
By the way, I spent ten straight minutes watching Penguins practice footage yesterday, with Guerin mic’d up (from playoffs two years ago). What really stood out to me from watching, was that Crosby’s a massive geek (in a likable way), and that Guerin spent half his time trying to rein The Kid in from trying too hard. Yeahhh, probably best to let Sid play with people who are pushing him, as opposed to the opposite.
Antti Niemi to the Sharks, huh? That’s pretty cool. Personally, if I’d just won a Cup and had to be traded, I’d be hard-pressed to get too upset about taking my talents to a good team in San Jose. Ummm…. can the Isles have one of your three goalies, SJ? We’ll give you Brendan Witt’s rights.
Also on the docket, Nikolai Khabibulin is going to jail in Phoenix, eh? The prison down here is famous - tent city, as it’s known. Apparently you just bake outside under huge tents in what’s essentially a massive parking lot, or something. And ‘ol Sheriff Joe Arpaio makes the prisoners wear pink because…. um, because… wow that’s really stupid now that I think about it.
Anyway, here’s to hopin’ he can get himself outta there early for good behaviour or whatever it is he has to do to get himself outta the clink.
My Wednesday column ran on Hockey Primetime yesterday because, y’know, it was Wednesday. It’s on getting past the star-struck factor to play hard against names you’ve watched on TV, and you can read it here.
Sooo, still waiting on the Kovalchuk thing. It’s a shame that this whole saga has become the most news-worthy thing from the guy’s NHL career to date. I mean, not like he hasn’t been spectacular and scored a ton of goals, just sayin’, if he has a Wikipedia page, this fiasco should be the lead paragraph.
And on that note, I’m out for the day! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’ll be back.