Long Term: Good For Life Insurance, Bad For Hockey?

Erin Nicks weighs in on the true value of long-term NHL contracts. Nicks isn’t a fan, writing that it’s too much of a gamble for a team to lock-up a player.
Basically, you see writers writing that there are too many long-term contracts, or not enough long-term contracts. You don’t see too many people advocating a reasoned look at each situation. Some players need the security of a long-term contract. Some players need to work year-to-year. Brendan Shanahan cited the one-year contract as something that keeps him sharp and in each and every game. And while he’s not a hockey player, I think most people can see why you don’t want to lock-up a guy like Red Sox pitcher David Wells, who thrives on laziness.
But someone like Patrik Elias? Do you really not want an impact guy like him locked up?
So I’m not sure if it’s super productive to just sort of blanket announce long-term contracts are bad for hockey.
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And hey — have you ever been to the Mark Messier Arena in Alberta? Or maybe the Troy Murray Arena? Don’t get too used to them. The City of St. Albert is selling the naming rights. Both players were offered the “opportunity” to buy their own naming rights, or to find someone to do it for them. That hasn’t happened yet. So if the City of St. Albert ever offers to name something after you, don’t expect it to be permanent.
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