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NHL Lockout, Day 2: Teams Scramble To Finalize Contracts Under Old CBA
Published September 17, 2012
MIXED SIGNALS: QMI AGENCY's Chris Stevenson asked if the current deal "is so bad from the owners' standpoint, why didn't those teams wait to sign those players under the terms of a new CBA?" They are "obviously comfortable with having players under the current terms, otherwise why not wait?" Stevenson: "It all seems pretty hypocritical, no?" (QMI AGENCY, 9/14). The GLOBE & MAIL's Eric Duhatschek wrote the "most curious contract of all had to be the four-year, $21.2-million deal inked by Shane Doan with the Phoenix Coyotes, a team that is still owned by the NHL itself." In effect, the NHL "joined the signing stampede to get Doan under contract, even though the optics of the league-wide spending spree continue to send a mixed message to players and fans alike." If things are "so bad in this agreement, then why don't the teams collectively postpone their player signing decisions until there is a new CBA in place?" Theoretically, it could "be because they expect another rollback in whatever agreement is coming next" (GLOBE & MAIL, 9/15). In St. Louis, Bernie Miklasz wrote, "Aren't the Coyotes in deep financial distress and unable to secure stable ownership? (Yes.)" Then "why did the poor, pitiful Coyotes rush-deliver a $21.2 million contract to Doan?" The NHL "inexplicably felt compelled to reward Doan -- mere hours before locking him out." Miklasz: "This is looney-tunes" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 9/16).