Is it me or are NHL players just getting greedier and greedier? Just take a look at the salaries that some of these so called “superstars” are going to start making in the 2007-2008 season. Scott Gomez and Chris Drury are both great examples of unproven overpaid players. The New York Rangers jumped at the chance to pick up Scott Gomez for seven years at $51.5 million and Chris Drury for five years at $35.25 million, but both players have yet to reach the 90 point mark while Drury hasn’t even reached 70 yet. I don’t know what Glen Sather was thinking when he signed these two but I’m sure it wasn’t “One of these guys is going to be the next Sidney Crosby” I mean almost a hundred million between two DECENT players is not something I would do as general manager. But I don’t blame Gomez and Drury at all, who wouldn’t take that money? Instead maybe the general managers of the league should reconsider throwing such high figures at superstars, let alone a couple of players who may or may not produce over 80 points in the next few seasons.
It just seems like hockey isn’t hockey when huge dollars are involved, it just ruins the “playing for the love of the game” aspect of it. Of course, it’s a multi-million dollar business and everyone’s out there trying to get their slice of the pie, but I like to believe that, for a select group of players in the NHL, they still play for the love of the game and winning a Stanley Cup is more important to them then $7 million a season. But for most players, instead of being happy with winning a cup they’re already thinking ahead to their next contracts and it just takes away so much from the game. I guess we just have to except the fact that the Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr days are long gone and now it’s all about marketing, revenue and all the financial mumbo-jumbo that comes with Gary Bettman’s NHL today.