Smile Now, It Won't Last For Long
Here's a prime example of why General Managers should get as much blame--if not more-- for their team's bad fortunes as market size and a CBA. Today Tampa Bay Lightning manager Jay Feaster signed 26-year-old centreman Brad Richards to a five year deal worth an average of $7.8 million a year. You heard me: $7.8 million dollars a year. Only Jaromir Jagr makes more money, now. Not only is that more than a 100% pay increase--which is just retarded--but it also means that the Lightning have used up $20 million in salary cap space on three players: RIchards, Vinnie Lecavalier, and Martin St. Louis. While each are great players, their combined efforts got Tampa Bay as far as a first round ass-kicking this year, after they barely made the playoffs. And all are signed to long-term deals. Perhaps others can shed some light as to why any sane person would make this move, because all I see in this is utter stupidity.
List of free agents for the upcoming 2006 NHL season.
2005 NHL Team Salaries
***Update*** BoltsMag is breaking down the Richards signing.
***Update*** Ditto Abel To Yzerman