Good. The Flyers were trying to fuck them over because they could afford the upfront money more.
Also, my favorite subtext to that saga was how much it blows up the owners position in the current labor negotiations, because they are crying poor and crying about how they want limits to that kind of contract and yet they are still handing them out like candy.
Seriously, I don't think the owners are all saying that. I think the owners that actually ARE having financial difficulties are saying that, and the Rangers and Flyers are just walking around waving their dicks in everyone's faces.
I'm not sure how much money they really have, given that it's a bad team but in an excellent market.
The other thing about the Wild is that they gambled. Craig Leipold knows that winning brings in money, but he had to spend money to win. So they paid up for the two biggest UFAs on the market in the hopes that their acquisitions could make the money back and eventually turn a profit. You have to spend money to make money, and Leipold & Fletcher decided this summer gave them the best odds of achieving that.
It makes it ridiculous if Craig Leipold says it, yes. But if the Predators raise a red flag over the disparity between teams' revenue, they would have a valid case. It's not fair to lump every single owner together in one group like that. They aren't all on the same level.
I have to think they don't want to trade one of their only young stars as they try to rebuild. Who else can they rely on? Getzlaf is streaky (and also a dick), and they have Corey Perry (who is also a dick) and Bobby Ryan as their only star forwards (excluding the ageless Teemu Selanne because you don't count on him going forward). Cam Fowler on the back end and... That's basically it as far as I know. It's not enough to win with. Maybe the thinking is that they can get by with Perry and Getzlaf and move Ryan for the assets you need to fill out a team? Ryan alone won't shore up those holes though.
Yea I have some friends who are ducks fans and they are not looking forward to next season due to their defense or lack their of. Also on a side note Cory Perry is one of the players I hate most in the league.
Is anyone in this thread even talking about the possibility that Homer sent that offer sheet as a gift to Poile? The offer didn't make any sense. Poile had already offered a similar contract to Ryan Sutter (long and disgustingly front loaded). Homer had to know he would match... but then again... it is Homer