I officially don’t understand the Russian leagues. Jason Krog, who just signed with the Canucks, supposedly had a seven figure offer from a Russian team. Krog took considerably less (he signed for $750,000) to play for the Canucks. But had the Russian team seen Krog’s NHL stats? He had 21 goals and 37 assists in just under 200 NHL games. Even pre-lockout, I don’t think those numbers would have gotten a million dollar NHL contract.
Krog is funny. No one wants to give up on him, especially since he’s always played well at the AHL level. But really, Hobey Baker award or not, all the data says Krog, despite his speed and playmaking, just isn’t a good fit for the NHL. And yet NHL (and now international) teams always seem interested in him, like they want to be the ones to finally unlock Krog’s potential.
Speaking of contracts, Kevin Allen takes NHL teams to task for forcing players with no-trade clauses to waive them, mostly using he threat of waivers. That’s a huge pet peeve of mine, and one the NHLPA needs to address in the next contract. You either have a no-trade or you don’t. The conditional no-trade does not work.
Speaking of NHL contracts, Larry Brooks recently explained something I’ve wondered about: how does the NHL cap go up every year? Brooks’ answer? A few teams (Detroit, New York, Philly, Toronto, and Montreal) make a lot of money. Enough money to raise the cap, even as smaller market teams don’t make enough revenue to hit the cap floor. Brooks predicts certain NHL owners will soon bring up the idea of revenue sharing.