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What's your reaction to the Souray signing?
Thu, July 12, 2007

Veteran defenceman Sheldon Souray has signed a five-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Is the Oiler's signing of Souray the first or last piece of their post-season puzzle?

Souray returns to Alberta


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Ted

I know there was a strike shortened season back in 1994 - 95. That was a shortened season due to the strike, it wasnt a full season. The players didnt get a full season of paychecks they got half or a little bit more but not 100 %. The season started in January not October. I was saying I didnt remember when the NHL only had a 50 game season ( 1960's, 1950's ?).

Also I was saying some players are overpaid not all. I see what you are saying about the market is whatever the market is willing to pay. I agree with that. But still there are some players that get more than what they are truly worth because one team can afford to sign him or are desperate to sign someone like him.
James, 2007-07-30 16:57:19

Yeah James, just so you know, the NHL played a 48 game season in 1994-95 due to a lockout. But I know what you're getting at.

Players today are not overpaid. They are paid what the market allows. If I could make their money doing anything, I would. So would any fool ever born who said "pro sports figures are overpaid". Maybe you could say a plumber is overpaid, too. I'd argue he is paid exactly what the market he's in will allow. Same as NHLers. Why do people find that so difficult to digest?
Ted Richards, 2007-07-24 16:22:57

Keith

I cant remember when the NHL played a 50 game season. I can go back to when it was a 76 game season. Yes todays players are overpaid, but when you look back to when Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull were playing in there prime they were really underpaid making around $ 9,000 a year. The good ole boys took advantage of them and were making millions off the players and then paying them under $ 10,000 a year. I watched the movie, Net Worth ( whick I highly recommend ) about how Ted Lindsay formed the NHLPA and saw how badly the players were treated back then. The contracts were not negotiated fairly, the owners would say take this offer or you wont play for my team ever again. Back then players didnt move around so if you didnt accept the owners contract offer you would get buried in the minors. Players didnt have a pension fund or medical benefits and when there careers ended some ended up out on the street homeless with nothing to show for there playing career while the owners were getting rich. The players are the game and do deserve to be paid accorodingly but I agree they are overpaid. When you compare the salaries of hockey players to other pro leagues like the NBA, NFL and MLB they are making less than players in those leagues. Look at Shaq making $25 million a year, Roger Clements getting $ 28 million for 1 year with the Yankees. Maybe when we compare NHL players to the other pro leagues they may still be getting less than they deserve as hockey is the most physically demanding pro sport of them all, playing 3-4 games a week, travelling all night and getting into the next city in the early morning hours only to play that night then right after that came straight to the airport for there next game.


James, 2007-07-21 10:02:57

Souray is over rated and now overpaid. He does not stand alone. I remember a 50 game schedule with players who reached the 50 goals in 50 games never making that kind of money. If you scored more than 20 goals you hit a bonus pay. That's all. Right now I think hockeys a joke especially with these europeon players coming over here taking the money and showing us nothing on the ice. Look at those 2 russians playing for Montreal for example. They lack heart and desire, show nothing on the ice and laugh all the way to the bank.

How much did Booby Rousseau make scoring all those goals from the blueline. What about Savard and Lapointe? Not much compared to today. At least they played great defence. Habs had the cup many times with these guys.

Hockey now is a self centered money grabbing game that short changes it's fans all the way to the bank. Souray leaving .. who cares. Why reward players if they can't even make the playoffs.
Keith, 2007-07-17 15:40:57

Good for Edmonton and good for Souray. I am still concerned about there forwards and where the scoring will be coming from. They need 2 top 6 forwards at least. Horcoff is a good 2 way player but he is a second or third line centre not a number 1. As for there wingers Raffi Torres is another good 2 way player but also probably a third line player. The Oilers need scoring wingers for the first and second lines and another offensive centre.

Good luck Lowe and the Oilers it looks like it maybe a long winter in Edmonton.
James, 2007-07-13 20:04:35

Good for Souray and good for Edmonton. If montreal didn't want to hang on to him why get mad if he leaves for greener pastures? I think he'll be a good fit in Edmonton
Don Strasser, 2007-07-13 18:55:24

What a horrible decision by Souray. Gone from a play-off contender to a bottom of the basement team.

I hope it works out for him but i cant see how.
Coby Bailey, 2007-07-13 18:50:02

sheldon souray is not worth half that money lowe should be fired for his mistakes . and who cares about his wife???
steven, 2007-07-13 17:23:31

Good luck Souray
Morris, 2007-07-13 15:34:30

Good Bye and Good Ridden!
paul, 2007-07-13 15:29:16

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