It’s just pure entertainment that picks us up when things seem down. Thank you owners and general managers. Please keep handing out ultra long-term contracts to players so we can sit back and watch things unravel.
We can see what teams are thinking. Sign a player for ten years because in ten years, players everywhere will be making ten million dollars and now the boss only has to shell out five or six million to the big star who was locked in a decade ago.
That’s the thinking at least.
The New York Islanders signed goalie Rick DiPietro to a 15 year deal worth 67.5 million, and DiPietro managed to play two normal seasons before succumbing to ongoing nagging knee and hip problems that has kept him mostly in street clothes up until now.
DiPietro is presently healthy and playing well, but to see the Islanders fork over more than 9 million bucks for nothing, near the start of a 15 year commitment, makes me wonder how I can get a job in hockey finances. Heck, I can lose money as good as they can. Maybe.
Roberto Luongo inked a 12 year, 64 million dollar deal last year and that’s fine except he’s been only a mediocre goalie in the playoffs for Vancouver over the past few seasons with a team that’s been expected of doing serious damage when it counts. But because of the lack of outstanding goaltending, the Canucks fall short of what experts continue to predict.
And to complicate things further, backup goalie Cory Schneider has shown that he’s ready to do more in a starting role. Here’s Schneider’s number so far – 3 GP, 2-0-0, 0.86 GAA, 0.968 save % on 63 shots faced – and Luongo’s – 6 GP, 1-3-0, 2.92 GAA, 0.903 save % on 175 shots against.
But of course, Luongo is there for 12 years with a no-trade clause.
Marian Hossa is enjoying the Chicago Blackhawks’ generosity of 12-years, 62.8 million and the Hawks have had to blow up their Stanley Cup-winning to team to keep their shop in order.
And now it’s a beauty of a soap opera unfolding in New Jersey where Ilya Kovalchuk, with 100 million for 15 years under his belt, was a healthy scratch the other night, replaced by a kid from the minors. And we don’t know why. Is Kovalchuk a problem, or is he just not scoring two or three every night to make owner/management look like they knew what they were doing when they gave him a fifteen-year deal?
Seems like infighting is the order of the day in New Jersey, with different parties involved, including ownership, the General Manager, and the coach, and it makes for fine, quality entertainment for the rest of us.
Isn’t it going to be neat see players looking like Keith Richards by the time their contracts are finished? What’s not so neat is seeing teams raise ticket prices to pay for players looking like Keith Richards.
A hundred million over 15 years for Kovalchuk. And then he becomes a healthy scratch. This is reality TV to rival the Kardashians and the single chick with eight kids.
You can read all the lovely intrigue regarding Kovalchuk here in this interesting Yahoo piece – Deal With Kovy Looking Worse By The Day.
And owners and GM’s, forget about the criticism. Just keep doing what you’re doing. It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and we need to laugh sometimes.