That's just a horrible article, especially for someone who writes for a hockey mag. A new IIHF agreement will be the first thing that is taken care of after a new CBA is in place. Will it be $200k like last time? No. Will it be $2M like Dynamo wants now? No. Will the Caps pay the $2M if they have to? Yes. Ovechkin is not getting traded for something as minor as a transfer fee. The author might want to look at what the Caps' payroll was, starting out last season. Leonsis said he had no problem going back up in the mid-50's (not gonna happen with a cap now), if the team was winning. He's not going to dump Ovechkin for $2M, and let the Rangers take some off their bill for Jagr. If it was allowable, Teddy would use the money owed Jagr if possible to count towards the cap floor at least for a year or two. The guy is obviously a Rangers fan if he thinks the Caps are so financially strapped that they need to only be bought off to give up AO's rights. But for a Rangers fan, you'd think he'd know that Blackburn is done. He has nerve damage in one of his shoulders, and can't wear a catching glove. He has to wear two blockers now. So either he doesn't know that, or he thinks a cheaper bill and a worthless prospect is all that the best prospect since Lindros is worth.
I think I read basically the same article about a month before the draft, but Blackburn wasn't the Rangers player that was included, it was Petr Prucha.
Last edited by Hercules Rockefeller; 03-02-2005 at 05:46 AM..