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.”
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.