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Did PK Subban deal signal NHL owner belt-tightening?

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10:19 AM ET 02.17 | Did the surprisingly small second contract given to defenseman PK Subban by the Montreal Canadiens, along with a handful of other modest pacts for other young players, signal an alteration in the recent NHL policy of lavishing enormous salaries to relatively unproven young players in their first post-entry level deals? Subban, after a four-game holdout, signed a two-year pact that averages $2.875 million. That's an enviable raise from the $875,000 he made last year, but still a far cry from most of the exorbitant second contracts given out. But now, maybe, the trend will start to reverse after the modest deals for Subban, Colorado's Matt Duchesne (two years, $3.5 million hit), Florida's Dmitry Kulikov (two years, $2.5 million hit) and others.

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February 17, 2013  10:39 AM ET

Colorado's Matt Duchesne (two years, $3.5 million hit)...



Dear Boston Herald, for what it's worth, his last name is spelled Duchene.
Guess they confused him with the greats...Steve and Gaetan Duchesne.

February 17, 2013  10:40 AM ET

The Flames Feaster was very happy to read "owner" and not "GM belt-tightening."

February 17, 2013  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Colorado's Matt Duchesne (two years, $3.5 million hit)...

Dear Boston Herald, for what it's worth, his last name is spelled Duchene.

Guess they confused him with the greats...Steve and Gaetan Duchesne.

They're still trying to figure out the "extra U" in Bourque.

February 17, 2013  12:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

They're still trying to figure out the "extra U" in Bourque.

Waiting for them to spell it Bourne. Identity crisis?

February 17, 2013  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Waiting for them to spell it Bourne. Identity crisis?

HA!

February 17, 2013  12:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The Flames Feaster was very happy to read "owner" and not "GM belt-tightening."

:-)

February 17, 2013  01:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Colorado's Matt Duchesne (two years, $3.5 million hit)...Dear Boston Herald, for what it's worth, his last name is spelled Duchene.Guess they confused him with the greats...Steve and Gaetan Duchesne.

Or the beer that was made in Pittsburgh for a long time.

February 17, 2013  01:49 PM ET

Rolling Rock from Latrobe ??

February 17, 2013  06:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Rolling Rock from Latrobe ??

Does it come in beer flavour?

February 17, 2013  06:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The Flames Feaster was very happy to read "owner" and not "GM belt-tightening."

In Detroit, the GM doesn't have to worry about any belt-tightening. He'll never have as much dough as the owner.

February 17, 2013  09:19 PM ET

In fairness, the Boston Herald is like the Toronto Sun, without the journalistic integrity, sales, importance, and Sunshine Girls.

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February 18, 2013  09:09 AM ET

What would be great is if they lowered the salaries and lowered the game prices so the average fan could afford to take the family to a game. We all know it won't happen

 
February 18, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Rolling Rock from Latrobe ??

A little nip from the glass-lined tanks? In the 7 oz. pony bottles? Never heard of it.

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