: I don't beleive the owners, and I find the players attitude deplorable. I
: am not supporting either group as a whole. If you think forcing up salaries
: with ludicrous free agent offers is good for the league, you are living in
: your own little world. BTW, the Blues haven't paid Al or Guy yet, and if
: they don't bring home a cup, we'll see how much money they make. Not long
: ago they almost became the Saskatoon Blues, now they are doing well. Tommorrow
: they could be right back in the dumper, there are no guarantees of continued
: profitability unless you have a huge market behind you in a huge hockey city.
I decided to respond anyway! In a previous post, you talked about getting
up at 6am to coach hockey. In this post, you say that St.Louis is not a
huge hockey city. That depends on your definition, but I can tell you
that hockey is by far the biggest sport in St.Louis even bigger than
baseball. Ice rinks have been going up all over the area for the last
several years. There are at least 10 rinks in the St.Louis area, and many
of them operate almost 24 hours a day because of the huge demand for ice
time. Many teams have their practices at times like 2am. I would say
that they are very devoted to hockey. The reason that St.Louis, and other
US cities don't produce many pro-hockey players is obviously because of
the climate. Not many US kids get to play much hockey on the frozen ponds
of the area. With warmer weather, kids become more interested in warm
weather sports like baseball, although roller hockey is becoming huge now.
By the way, Pat Lafontaine was born is St.Louis, of course he moved north
at a very young age.
: St. Louis has neither. Buying champagne on a beer budget eventually catches
: up to you. Forcing teams like NJ to pay inflated salaries is also a sham.
St.Louis has not been buying champagne on a beer budget. The reason
they have *made* money is because they operate *within* a budget, which is
something that some owners can't seem to comprehend. And nobody forced NJ
to pay inflated salaries. That is the problem. People think that owners
are *forced* to pay large salaries. Good mangement can produce a
competetive team without a large payroll. Montreal won the cup in '93
without a huge payroll, and the Sharks very nearly made it to the final
four with a very small payroll. NJ could have easily signed Stevens
earlier for much less, but even when they knew that the Blues would go
after him, they still acted like cheap skates, and then they got to pay
him a lot more. Now whos fault is that? St.Louis has operated completely
in the rules which were agreed upon by the NHL and the NHLPA. They have
gambled, and sometimes won, and sometimes lost. Why should they be
berated for acting within the rules that were agreed upon by *all* of the
: At least Risebrough got Housley out of the deal, NJ just got to write a fatter
: check. Caron is a disgrace to the league, and don't talk to me about making
Like I said, NJ didn't have to do anything. They got burned by rules that
they agreed to. By the way, I am no Ron Caron fan. I admire the fact
that he tried to better the team, but he is an idiot! I'm glad that the
Blues are willing to go after free agents, but Caron usually went after
the wrong ones. That's why I was ecstatic when Caron was removed in favor
of Keenan. Keenan will now choose the right players to get, and the Blues
ownership will grant his wishes.
: money until you have paid out those new salaries for a couple of years as well
: as paying Shanahan, Hull and Cujo and don't forget Duchesne. You better hope
I wouldn't be at all surprised if they shipped Duchesne. He isn't a
Keenan type player.
: all Blues fans are as loyal as you, because over the next three years when you
: still fail to hoist Lord Stanley's mug, and all your millionaires are in the
: Hyperbaric chamber to help rejuvinate their aging flesh, you will need that
: season ticket base, or you will be faced with the inevitable chop-chop-chop
: of survival. By then Keenan will be gone, and so will Caron, and your new
: rink will be half empty, and you will find the true meaning of the Blues.
Hey now, Brendan Shanahan is one of the Blues millionaires, and he is only
25. I don't think that he will need the Hyperbaric chamber at 28, at
least I hope not! Does the "chop-chop-chop" refer to what happened to
Edmonton? Gee, I hope that doesn't happen to the Blues! I doubt that
Caron will be gone in three years. The Blues will always have at least a
meaningless job for him somewhere, and I doubt that anyone else in the
league wants him! As for Keenan, I don't think he will be gone either,
unless the Blues get worse, or win the cup.