Restricted free agent Thomas Vanek has signed US$50-million, seven-year offersheet with the Edmonton Oilers, a source told The Canadian Press on Friday.
The source said Vanek would receive salaries of $10 million and $8 million in the first two years of the deal before making $6.4 million in each of the remaining five seasons.
Oilers throw $50M at Vanek
Mitch, 2007-07-06 19:02:31
The good side is, if Vanek can live up to that kind of superstar money the Sabres will benefit from his output.
The bad side is, if he flops they have someone on their hands like Yashin - with no hope of ever being able to get out from under without eating a large chunk of cash.
Idiocy all around - and the biggest fools of all are we sycophants, the hero- worshipping fans who will again flock to the rinks in some perverse hope that our team can ultimately "go all the way" so we can roar around the streets for a few days screaming our idiot heads off as if WE have accomplished something great!
Not me. I hope the whole rotten structure collapses.
George O'Leary, 2007-07-06 15:45:52
harryanderson, 2007-07-06 14:37:50
That being said, it was a good move by Lowe. It's been proven time and again that the only players who will stay in Edmonton are locals or Europeans who haven't had a taste of life in other more livable North American cities. So Vanek might have stuck around more than one year. And, if it didn't work, by forcing Buffalo to sign him for funny money he eats into their cap. Once all other teams are solidly up against the cap then maybe Edmonton will have their pick of the second tier players who can't get more than the league minimum elsewhere. Maybe that's his strategy?
Rick W., 2007-07-06 13:51:42