Remember the term "cost certainty" coming out of the lockout to begin the 2005 -06 season? Sounded reasonable, even plausible.
Problem is, uncertainty has rampaged ever since, including revenue fluctuations and the unforeseen strategy of teams signing players to extraordinarily long contracts to amortize the annual cap hit. This summer's headlines surely indicate that the unknown has usurped the specter of the known. Take everything from
From coast to coast, every team seemingly has questions. The button-downed New Jersey Devils acted in good faith and released head coach
Kind of takes the shine off the signing -- especially when you factor in next season's contract dilemma with both
The question remains the same in both markets: Have the Thrashers done enough to show upward mobility with the addition of Dudley to the front office and the acquisition of
A new twist on arbitration has some unwanted unknowns surfacing in Detroit. The case of
But that's hardly the point. The NHL doesn't want its own arbitration process to be a weak point -- one the KHL can exploit by poaching players. And from the Wings' standpoint, yes, they have the depth to weather an unfavorable ruling, but they prefer to control when their young players make the big club's roster.
It's just one of many examples of uncertain times impacting the NHL this summer. And I didn't even get to the economy...