"It would be a fun storyline," Modano said, referring to the fact that he was drafted by the Minnesota North Stars in 1988 and moved with the franchise to Dallas. He played his final game of 2010 in Minnesota, donning an old North Stars jersey as he waved goodbye. "It's the same scenario. I'm listening to what everyone has to say and taking it all in. I still have to decide if I'm going to play."
This is one area I simply don't agree with Kenny on. If Lilja can't be kept for $1 million, IMHO you need to look elsewhere to get a calming veteran presence to compliment E and/or Kindl. Not only that, losing Lilja is a huge blow to our PK, which really turned around once he came back in February.
Does anyone else see the irony of the N. American hockey league using a centrally planned system (salary cap) and the Russian using more of a free market system for a team's roster based on supply and demand and simple cost/benefit projections?.
Sheesh. What's this country coming to?
Although, N.American hockey system is obviously moving out of free market system, it is a big fallacy to think of Russian system as a free market. Russia's 'demand' on free agents is fueled with money that earned somewhere else not in hockey (oil, local and federal budgeting, laundering, etc.). Same as US economy was fueled and overflowed with cheap money as Greenspan lowered interest rate in early 2000's. What that system eventually has produced? Bubbles and than ... bursts, collapses!
As to the question where this country is coming to? Pretty clear. Socialism. Meaning: wherever Russia and/or Germany were in 1930's. And the West is moving toward these targets since 1930's too (thanks to FDR and Hoover), with short stop in late 1970s/early 1980's with Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.
/back to hockey let them (hockey players whatever their nationality is) go wherever they want to play, win or earn money. The less imposed restrictions or regulations, the better hockey we're going to witness.