FirstStar Posted February 3, 2009 Report Share Posted February 3, 2009 To the mods... Wasn't sure where to post this topic, sorry in advance if it has to be moved. This topic of conversation came up while chatting with a friend about the old-timers. Back in the day of the Rocket and Worsley, the players played hockey for the love of the game. They obviously didn't play for money since most retired and died broke. The Rocket who was undoubtably one of the best of his time, according to a re-run of Don Cherry's Grapevine, The Rocket made (approx) made $25,000 a year. Despite being many decades ago it still does not translate to the multi-million contracts of today's top stars. My question is, would we have as many Russians/European players in the league if we weren't offering such inflated contracts? There are some players who obviously play for the love of the game, despite coming from oversea's, ie: Alfredson and our very own Koivu. I just feel that a lot want to live the American dream. Instead of coming to North America to play in the NHL (amongst some of the best players in the wrold), they come for the money and a shot at the American dream. I can't blsme them for wanting to leave countries like Russia, I'm just wondering what their true motive is. I wonder what would happen if the league dropped the cap by 1/2 next season due to an economic crisis. It would be interesting to see how many would stay and how many would leave for greener pastures. This doesn't just apply to the players coming from Europe/Russia, I find many Canadian and US player's are just as guilty of going after the American dream. If North American players suddenly found their paycheck cut in half, I wonder how many would follow the cash flow to the KHL. I started to think about this last year during the post-season. It seemed that a lot of our European players had their eyes on the world cup instead of the Stanley Cup play-offs they were competing in. How many were gone within days of the Habs being eliminated? I don't think that giving the money to the owners (like it was in the day of the Rocket) is the solution. I do strongly feel that inflated contracts has in a way ruined hockey and made the players of today soft. Now players are choosing to turn down the ALL-STAR game, which to me is a lil disgusting. If it weren't for the fans, these players wouldn't have their multi-million dollar houses and fancy cars. It's one weekend out of the season to pay back the fans for their support. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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