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SBD/September 12, 2012/Franchises
Amid Threat Of Lockout, Bruins Latest NHL Team To Add Big Money Contract
Published September 12, 2012
CURIOUS CONTRACTS: In Boston, Kevin Paul Dupont writes Seguin "won't be paid so much for what he's done but for the promise he has shown." But Chiarelli is "firm in the belief that he is doing right by the franchise." Meanwhile, the NHL is "again saying times are tough, future business could be flat, and that it’s near-impossible for owners to make a buck when the stick carriers are shoveling money off sheets of ice as though they are 30 rigged craps tables" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/12). The GLOBE & MAIL's Eric Duhatschek writes the Bruins were not the only NHL team "to lock up their promising kids in these past few frantic weeks before the CBA expires." The Oilers "did it previously with" LW Taylor Hall and RW Jordan Eberle, the Hurricanes with C Jeff Skinner, and the Senators "to a lesser degree" with Cs Kyle Turris and Zack Smith. Duhatschek: "How bad can the business of hockey be if teams are trying so hard to get their young players signed under the wire under terms of a contract they say no longer works for them?" Duhatschek asks, "Is it any more curious because the Bruins are owned by Jeremy Jacobs, chairman of the NHL’s board of governors, and one of the key voices on the owners’ side?" It is "sure that whatever demands NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is making, Jacobs is fully on board, with the tactics used at the bargaining table and with the end game in mind" (GLOBE & MAIL, 9/12).