September 19th, 2008, 09:46 PM #31
You are suggesting that players interfere with contract negotiations? Also the better that o'Sullivan makes out, the better it is for Kopitar.
Originally Posted by vindogla
September 19th, 2008, 11:36 PM #32
Well there are two sides to every argument and this boils down to either: cheap AEG, or misguided (perhaps even greedy) POS, or some combination therof.
I do agree that POS has to consider that being too inflexible in this situation may hurt his career (and down the line his wallet); his decisions now may ultimately harm his own objectives. I do agree with the premise that it is too early in his career and he is as yet an unproven entity in the NHL. So maybe he is posturing inappropriately.
I hope that arbitration can be avoided. The stink of that with Cammilleri didn't help the team any.
Insofar as AEG is concerned, I never know if they are being astute businessmen or just plain cheap with the Kings being an insigificant entity in their media empire. I am skeptical.
Anyhow, I can't wait until Monday to listen to the first exhibition game. I miss hockey tremendously !!!
September 20th, 2008, 04:34 AM #33
To be fair to Phil Esposito and many of the players from his era it should probably be pointed out that many of them, including Espo, returned home to Canada to work in mills, mines, foudndries, and farms during the off season. Most players weren't paid enough in the NHL back then for them to not work during the off-season...
Folks should read Thunder and Lightening by Phil Esposito. It gives a decent insight into Espo's era NHL and some of the dealings of that time...
September 20th, 2008, 04:56 AM #34
Thank you, Thank you!
Originally Posted by simonsez
This aspect of the situation tends to disappear at times. I think Lombardi realizes that there is a distinct possibility that on a short-term deal the kid is going to shove Lombardi's rhetoric right up his ass through his play and have to be paid...
September 22nd, 2008, 08:48 PM #35
This hurts us all, we should be talking about how good the russian kids look,how much better stoll and zeus are , teubert a stud, not how selfish a 22 yr old budding star is or how cheap AEG is ( even if we all agree ). This is the start of our future we need to get this done before it ruins the morale of a very young team, this is going to be a hard enough year without adding to it