So Much For Union Principles
Nobody should feel bad for Vinny Lecavalier. He's doing the Bobby Holik double-dip, getting paid tens of millions of dollars by not one but two NHL teams.
Lecavalier's going to get $22.5 million over the next five seasons from Philly at the same time he starts to draw on his buyout from Tampa Bay, which is about $30 million spread over 14 years.
Still, remember all the nonsense in the last collective bargaining squabble over the players insisting on a "make whole" provision, that contracts that were signed before the lockout should and must be paid in whole down to the very penny?
It's was horse-bleep then, and it's even more so now.
Lecavalier, under his 11-year deal with the Bolts, was owed about $45 million over the next seven years. Instead, he gets two-thirds of that spread over twice the length of the remaining contract.
That's anything but being "made whole." Of course, the NHLPA and the mightly Don Fehr will have nothing to say about it. Those buyout provisions existed before the last CBA talks and continue to exist now. While the PA was making a stink about "make whole," they knew all along that no NHL contract is ever guaranteed to be paid in full.
But they used that "principle" to stretch out the lockout anyway.
This is not to make anyone on the planet feel sorry for Lecavalier. But he won't get the money he agreed to in good faith with the Lightning on a so-called "guaranteed" contract.
The new contract with the Flyers is a good one for him, and not a bad one for the Flyers, who are exposed for only five years and now have Lecavalier, Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier down the middle if they want, although both Lecavalier and Giroux also play the wing.
But a goalie? Well, it's going to be Steve Mason, and the bizarre nature of the sequence of events in which the Flyers bought out Ilya Bryzgalov and then sign a player bought out by another team does leave one somewhat confused by the decision-making process in Philadelphia.
The Flyers can only hope this works out better than dumping Jeff Carter and Mike Richards. Or trading Sergei Bobrovsky to Columbus.
Nothing, really, has been "saved" in Arizona.
The team will limp along for at least five years, it seems, owned by a group without deep pockets in a city that only shows up in big numbers at playoff time to an arena which will be just a poorly located as it was before.
How this becomes a success story is beyond anyone's imagination. And that was one bizarre exhibition of democracy that rubber-stamped the lease that will only see Glendale and its citizens delay the inevitable.
Calling them the Arizona Coyotes moving forward won't make any difference at all. If they lose $50 million over the next five years they can re-locate. Which seems likely, even with Glendale taxpayers subsidizing the team at the rate of $15 million per season.
In the end, Mike Komisarek's failure in Toronto was his and his alone.
He was a better player in Montreal than he ever showed in Toronto. Not sure why, and the various Leaf coaches who worked with him would tell you it had nothing to do with effort.
Komisarek wanted it to work, and never complained once, even when he was embarassed by being repeatedly scratched and then banished to the minors.
He became a whipping boy under Ron Wilson, and so, sadly, some Leaf fans will rejoice now that he's being bought out of the final year of his five year deal that was to be worth $3.5 million but will be paid out at two-thirds of that amount over two years. (guess he won't be "made whole" either, huh?)
He wanted to be a good Leaf, and he was a class act all the way. He shouldn't be jeered on his way out the door. Just wish him luck.