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NHL owners spend millions while pleading poor

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10:06 AM ET 09.15 | Within 24 hours of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman standing in a hotel ballroom in midtown Manhattan and talking about how the owners can't stand the current system and need the players to take less money, a handful of his teams went on a $100-million spending spree to lock up players before the deal expires. To make the whole thing even more bizarre, the NHL-owned Phoenix Coyotes dropped a reported $21 million on a four-year deal for Shane Doan which included a $2-million signing bonus. f the current financials are so awful that Bettman is having the league go dark to get a better deal, why did the Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks, Dallas Stars, Washington Capitals and Detroit Red Wings drop more than $100 million on six players? QMI Agency figures indicate the day's activity at $104.7 million in commitments. (Not counting the $1.55 million the Nashville Predators are giving fringe forward Gabriel Bourque.)

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September 15, 2012  10:10 AM ET

Gary's a broke dick little weasel.

September 15, 2012  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Gary's a broke dick little weasel.

I don't think these player's play on Gary's Team...Oh, wait a minute, there is Doan...

September 15, 2012  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Gary's a broke dick little weasel.

And a d0uche bag.

September 15, 2012  11:01 AM ET

So the Wild give up over 100M and they put Doan down for taking a little over 5M a year. C'mon.

September 15, 2012  11:21 AM ET

As I said a hundred times before: Shane Doan wasn't going to go anywhere. His wife wouldn't allow it.

September 15, 2012  12:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

As I said a hundred times before: Shane Doan wasn't going to go anywhere. His wife wouldn't allow it.

The only way Shane moves is if and when the Yotes do.
He has said it himself for years.

September 15, 2012  12:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The only way Shane moves is if and when the Yotes do.He has said it himself for years.

And it's more than possible, he would simply opt to retire should that happen.

September 15, 2012  01:03 PM ET

I don't understand how the contracts can be signed during this "negotiation." The whole thing stinks. How ridiculous

September 15, 2012  06:22 PM ET

The Wings get included in this lame post cause they signed Abdelkader to 1.8M and Coliacovo to 2.5? They have 25 players signed and are still almost 10M below the cap, definitely not what I would call irresponsible signings on their part.

September 15, 2012  07:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

And it's more than possible, he would simply opt to retire should that happen.

Fours years from now he'll be ready to retire. I don't blame him for staying with the team that went all the way to the Western finals, but the Kings were on a mission.

September 16, 2012  05:38 AM ET

This whole thing is ridiculous. The NHL should realise no one pays those big bucks to watch owners own general managers manage or coaches coach. It's on the backs of the players that everyone is getting rich. The players should create their own league, lease buildings, sign TV deals and put the NHL out of business.

September 16, 2012  08:36 AM ET
QUOTE:

is my math correct 3 billion dollars divided by 30 teams equals 100 million dollars

Yes

 
September 17, 2012  01:12 PM ET

I wonder if Bettman can even skate without Bob skates?

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