A suggestion for all GM's across the NHL

July 8th, 2009 by Burgundy Leave a reply »

Stop the insanity!

Please, these 7, 12 and 15 year deals are as outrageous as Donald Trump’s hair.  Or Gary Bettman’s coy interviews.  Or Gary Bettman rocking ‘the Donald’ hair-cut.  I think that’s about the only thing that could make Bettman creepier.

OK – got that out of my system.  Onto NHL General Manager’s who’ve apparently lost their mind.  Like Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.  Yesterday, Holmgren gave Chris Pronger, 34 years old, a 7 year $35 Million contract.  Paul, do you know who Chris Pronger is going to remind you of, when he’s 38 with 3 seasons remaining on his contract?  Answer: Derrien Hatcher.

To all the GMs out there, I realize your job isn’t easy.  So I’ve come up with a few suggestions that may make your job easier and certainly more interesting.

Suggestion 1- No contract can be longer than 5 years long.  You never know what can happen – injuries (Rick DiPietro), attitudes (Dany Heatley), karma (Marian Hossa), etc…

Suggestion 2- Speaking of karma, don’t sign Marian Hossa.  It’s bad luck.

Suggestion 3- All GM’s must try outwit Brian Burke.  Good luck.

Suggestion 4- If your team is looking for additional revenue and want to play an Outdoor Winter Classic, sign Ty Conklin.  (He’s played in each game so far)

Suggestion 5- Stop handing out No-Trade-Clauses/No-Movement-Clauses.  If every GM agrees to and honors such a stance, trades will be far easier to make and players won’t have you by the balls.  And certain bloggers might not look like they make everything up, too.

Suggestion 6- Use express/super important shipping when mailing RFA contracts to key players of your team.  Don’t cheap out on shipping costs and risk losing great young players as a result.

Suggestion 7- Sign a bunch of assistant coaches from a division rival after they sign your best player via Unrestricted Free Agency.  (Montreal Canadiens/Ottawa Senators)

Stay classy, NHL General Managers.

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  1. jamiefavreau says:

    I have to agree with you on the length of contact. I think you could go as long as 6-7 but nothing longer. This just doesn’t make sense.

    I like your take on the Hossa Karma!

    I just don’t like Brian Burke!

  2. Matt says:

    I like the time and effort that you put into this… but I think I have a different stance. I actually enjoy all the GMs throwing down these long contracts. I hope 29 General Managers make this a regular practice. Just not MY GM :-)

    So yea, the longer the better…. and more money. MORE money!

  3. Burgundy says:

    @ Matt – your GM may not have anyone to trade with in that case :)

    But seriously, its time GM’s start saying “if you want to play in the NHL, here’s our offer – no other team is going to give you a NTC”

    @ Jamie – thanks. I don’t think Burke is the best thing since sliced bread, but he has some great quotes. Perhaps if you are between 18-25, you can sign up to 7 years. 26 and up, 5 years or less.

  4. Fantana says:

    I think NBA has got it right when it comes to NTC’s – basically, you have to be an elite player to earn one. As far as I know, Kobe Bryant is the only player in the league that has one.

    If Bettman could somehow get some type of clause in the next CBA where you can only sign contracts up to 5-7 years, that would be great. I’d also love to see him restrict the NTC’s in contracts, to say, only players who have won a major trophy (Hart, Pearson, Vezina, Norris, and/or Conn Smythe) deserve a NTC.

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