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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

nhl- Every team will have Hope

from USA Today, Although Mario Lemieux certainly didn't want to see a lockout, he believes fans will come back because a new deal could mean a new wave of optimism for all teams, particularly in smaller markets. He doesn't know the proposed deal's precise details, but it's being openly talked about around the NHL that there will be a link between revenue and salaries, and that a salary cap would start in the $36 million-$38 million range, depending upon whether player benefits are included. Regardless of the exact number, it's clear that the days of the Penguins being significantly outspent are over.
"You can get out of balance with 30 teams and now everyone will have a pretty decent chance to win the Cup if they run their business properly," he said. "You won't see the New York Rangers at $80 million and the Penguins at $20 million. It's going to be a lot closer. It will give teams hope at the beginning of the season."...whole article...