Friday, June 24, 2005

Mario: Knows his side of the fence

“They should have taken the deal back in February,” Lemieux said Thursday at his charity golf tournament, referring to the last-gasp negotiations that took place just before the 2004-05 season was cancelled. “The cap was at $42.5 million (US), that was the offer from the owners, now it looks like it’s going to be a lot less than that.”
— player/owner Mario Lemieux

Interesting sentiments, especially considering that Mario fits into both sides of the debate being both an owner and a player. Although you wouldn't know it from his 'they should have' diction.
A few more parting words from Mario:
“With the gap (in NHL payrolls) not being what it was before, we’ll have a better chance to compete every year,” he said. “With the new owners coming in, spending more money on payroll, and finding the right free agents, I think we’re well positioned. . . . We’re going to change the face of this team.”
Hey, if even the Penguins can be successful under the new system, that has to be some measure of success.


At 3:03 a.m., June 24, 2005, Blogger xoxoxo Renee said...

Amazing- i found your profile at random and whoa you're incredibly focused. as a lost artist, how can you devote yourself so much to one topic? dont you ever get tired?

At 9:15 a.m., June 25, 2005, Blogger deepfriedgold said...

One would think that Lemieux would have learned about inept ownership from being robbed of millions of dollars' worth of salary during his career.

At 9:09 p.m., June 28, 2005, Blogger Xavier and Peter said...

and maybe if they get rid of all teams south of, say, Philadelphia, the league can stop bleeding money. I mean, come on, Nashville? Raleigh? TWO teams in Florida? And a city (Atlanta) that lost a team to Canada somehow got rewarded with another team?


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