Thursday, July 14, 2005

NHL hockey is coming back!

They've got a deal. The players won't like it. The owners will love it.
Will there be enough fans to support it?
In some cities, yes; in others, no.
What should happen next, or at least within six months -- both Butthead Bettman and Not Goodenough Goodenow should be turfed.
I don't know who should succeed Not Goodenough, but Wayne Gretzky should be in charge of the NHL. The game now needs a salesman. Gretzky can do it.
The fine print's still not out there yet, so I'll have to conjecturize and see what Devils are in the details. I will, however, go out on a limb and make a few predictions.
** Buyout City will be a busy place, with the likes of John LeClair, Tony Amonte, Martin Lapointe and perhaps even Jaromir Jagr topping the list. (As I read the deal now, even after the rollback, Jagr's take would break the 20 percent max going to one player.)
** Calgary's Flames are going to have to make a tough decision, one that could cost 'em the league's best player in Jarome Iginla, thanks to that 20 percent rule. They're either going to have to spend more than they've spent in recent years to maximize their cap position, and, in turn, Iginla's salary, or leave him far enough short of the league max that he will have to move on to maximize his profits.
** The New York Rangers will do at least three stupid things in the mad rush to get enough players under contract to open training camps right after the U.S. Labor Day.
At any rate, it's about time we got some good news on this front.
Now, if we could just do something about the Martinites...