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Newtown Square, PA • United States • 45 Years Old • Male
Some random thoughts as I get ready to hit the open road later this week:

Was the lockout a waste of time? Did I miss a year of hockey for nothing? I am a Flyers fan and I will lay that out first. I love that they signed Danny Briere for a long time and for huge money - because that is what it took to seal the deal. That being said, I do wonder if that lost year of hockey meant anything? The top three free agents - Briere, Gomez and Drury - got contracts totaling $135 million and change. That's a lot of zeros. The Salary Cap is rising - from $44 million in 2006 to $50.3 this year - that is a more than 14% increase in the upper limit teams can spend. The rich get richer and the poorer teams...well...sorry guys. Aren't you glad we lost a year of hockey?

Is the East "good enough to contend for the Cup?" The Ducks proved that having three and four capable scoring lines, with a hard hitting, tenacious defense coupled with timely goaltending can bring Lord Stanley home - but does anyone care in Southern Cali? I might not if I lived there. Can the Rangers, Flyers, Habs, Bruins, Penguins, Devils, Sabres, Senators knock off the best of the West? The East certainly spent like drunken sailors...but will it pay off in the hardware? We shall see...

As reprehensible as Michael Vick is as a human being, is Tim Donaghy's "crime" not that much more heinous? I am a dog owner and the thought of what was purportedly done to those animals sickens me. However, the thought of a ref fixing and then betting on fixed games and NOBODY having a clue - not the crew chief, not the supervisors of officials, not the league watchdogs who are constantly trying to rub the tarnish off of the NBA, is more offensive as a sports fan. Michael Vick and Tim Donaghy do share one thing in common - they both will have their day before the law and that makes me proud to live in a democracy where might (economic or otherwise) does not necessarily make right. The NHL also needs to look at this mess as a wake up call and do the best job they know how to ensure that NHL officiating is above board and its nose is clean.

Man, I am excited for hockey this year...

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July 24, 2007 5:23 PM ET | Delete
Donaghy's charges insinuate him as someone who cheated for either greed or fear. The charges brought on Vick and the accusation that he and his buddy's tortured living creatures brings this crime above simply illegal dog fighting. Aside from the actual act of dog fighting, there are simpler and more humane ways to kill an animal. The things that Vick and his cronies supposedly did suggest that they were enjoying the act of torturing these dogs. Nobody gets that creative unless its fun to them. Someone of that mentality could be very dangerous to humans also, I wouldn't want to tick him off on the wrong day. So which is more heinous? Which one would you rather have living next to you and your family?
July 24, 2007 6:10 PM ET | Delete
Just so it doesn't stay blank, I care that the Ducks won The Cup this year. Most of the fans here are transplants - like me. However, there is certianly a rising tide of new young talent actually coming from SoCal. It may be unbelievable to many in the hockey world, but it is true. The number of NHL rostered Californians is growing, albeit still small. The first Californian selected in the 1st round of the NHL entry draft took place this year. The telling sign is in the youth and junior team successes. There are just way too many ex-hockey people living here for it not to flourish. Percentage wise, the numbers are tiny when you realize there are approximately 8M people living in the surrounding areas of Anaheim. But if you really think about it, the Ducks (or any city for that matter) really only need 20 to 30 thousand rabid hockey fans to support a club. As for me, I'd rather have 20 thousand fanatical fans than a million who are luke warm.
July 24, 2007 6:57 PM ET | Delete
I love all the people who claim that the lockout did nothing. Detroit currently has a payroll of 33M less than in 2003-2004. NYR are spending 27M less on payroll. DAL, 25M less. PHI, STL and COL, 20M less. WAS, 17M less. TOR 13M less. LAK, 9M less. ANA 5M less. That's almost 200M less that the top 10 teams in the league are spending on payroll.
July 24, 2007 7:47 PM ET | Delete
Soory, SYF, but the stuff Vick is accused of is far more offensive to me. And I hate animals.
July 25, 2007 8:34 AM ET | Delete
JS - I understand your point - Vick is about as sick as they come if just a little of what is accused of him is remotely accurate. I guess my perspective was coming from more of a sports fan. What Vick is alleged to have done - while repulsive on a human level - has little actual impact on the "game". Donaghy betting on games he fixed has a great potential impact on the "game". I guess that was my point, poorly made. If that happened in hockey, the integrity of the game and the officials who oversee it could be called into question. With Vick, it is only his own integrity - or lack thereof - that is questionable.Thanks for the comment.SYF
July 25, 2007 11:48 AM ET | Delete
The rich "players" will ultimatley get richer and the middle of the pack vets will be frozen out for entry level players getting paid entry level contracts. look at all those UFA's still available? anything in common?? Vets with middle of the pack skills.......teams are going to be capped and there is only one way to go from there is you've handed out 5 contracts that take up 75% of your capeveryone else will have to play for less
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