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ARBITRATING NHL SALARIES

Sporting News TODAY published an excellent article on NHL arbitration.

Larry Bertuzzi – who represents NHL management – discussed his strategies before, and during arbitration.

It would be interesting to know which issues and facts will be discussed during Kyle Wellwood’s arbitration hearing.

If Wellwood is awarded a high salary, Mike Gillis might just let him go. 

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TRIVIA: DEADLINE TRADES

by Ron Spence

The NHL’s trading deadline is one of the pressure points of a GM’s season. Do I dump players? Do I try and improve my team for a run into the playoffs?

We are told that Dave Nonis was offered Brad Richards for Luc Bourdon, Ryan Kesler and Cory Sneider. He declined the price of admission to the playoffs.

Colorado made such a decision on March 6, 2000, when they traded away three players and a 1st round pick for Ray Bourque.

Who were the three players that were sent to Boston?

Who was the first round pick that Boston received?

And, who was the other player who Boston sent to Colorado along with Bourque?

Martin Grenier was sent to Boston and would be released at the end of the season and play a total of only 18 NHL games.

Dave Andreychuk played 14 games for Colorado and was set free, like Grenier. Andreychuk, however, would go to Buffao and later to Tampa Bay where he would average better than 20 goals a season over the next four years.

Boston picked Martin Samuelsson who was a bust, playing only 14 NHL games, but the next pick was Justin Williams who has played¬† 459 games, and the pick after that was Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall, who has played 180 games.

The two gems whom Boston received were Samuel Pahlsson and Brian Rolston.

Legends of Hockey wrote of Pahlsson: “…Pahlsson has shown his worth as a strong defensive centre with excellent faceoff skills. In 2002-03, [he] helped the Mighty Ducks reach their first Stanley Cup final, only to lose in a hard fought seven game series to the New Jersey Devils. Over the course of the next few seasons, Pahlsson established himself as one of the leagues top defensive forwards and excelled in defensive situations. In 2006-07, Pahlsson’s career year included a personal best 26 points and a nomination for the Frank J. Selke Award. During the playoffs that season, he represented the Ducks in all 21 games en route to the 2007 Stanley Cup.”

Rolston has also starred. Again the Legends of Hockey wrote: “In his first season with the Bruins, Rolston scored a career-high 58 points before bettering that total the following year with 62 on the strength of 31 goals. A silver medallist with the U.S. Olympic team in 2002, Rolston went on to play parts of five seasons with the Bruins, reaching the 400-point plateau during the 2003-04 season before being acquired by the Minnesota Wild in the summer of 2004. In the 2005-06 season as a member of the Wild, Rolston appeared in all 82 regular season games and recorded new career high in goals (34), assists (45) and points (79). The following season Rolston continued to produce offensively and for the fist time in his career appeared in an NHL All-Star Game. In the summer of 2008, the unrestricted free agent’s three-season stint in Minnesota came to an end when he signed his former club in New Jersey.”

And Ray Bourque? He would total 14 points in 14 games and one in the playoffs, before the Avs were defeated by the Stars.

The following campaign – his last – he has 59 points in 80 games and 6 points during the 21 games playoffs, when Colorado won the Cup.

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Was it a good trade for Colorado? Well, many of the Colorado players have said that they were playing hard so that Bourque could win his first Cup after 22 seasons.

“In our heart, in our mind, we were playing for Ray,” coach Bob Hartley said. “This entire community was pulling for Ray. I will remember coaching Ray Bourque until the day I close my little eyes.”

How important was Bourque at such a great cost? Some will point out that Colorado also had Rob Blake, Adam Foote, Greg DeVries, Martin Skoula and Jon Klemm on their D.

They would argue that Colorado gave away the farm to acquire a winning horse.

But, the Avalanche had their second winning horse.

HOCKEY SALARIES: 1987 1988 1989 1990

by Ron Spence

When Bob Goodenough took over the NHLPA in February, 1990, he introduced salary disclosure. It’s something that’s taken for granted today.

How important was it?

Wayne Greztky’s father, Walter admitted to Terry Jones: “I knew Wayne was getting traded days before he did because Nelson Skalbania phoned me and asked, ‘How much does Wayne make?’

I said ‘Why?’

He said ‘Because Peter’s shopping him to the highest bidder.’

I said ‘No he’s not.’

He said ‘Yes he is.’

That was during the 1988 Stanley Cup finals – a year and a half before salary disclosure.

Of course Pocklington knew how much his star was making, as did Wayne and his father, but it wasn’t public knowledge like it is today.

Hockey Zone Plus has compiled a comprehensive database of some 2500 players who’ve played in the NHL from 1989 until the present.

Also, a hockey fan, who calls himself Ogopogo, has located copies of Sport magazine, which ceased publishing in 2000. In his issues were the: 1987, 1990, and 1991 NHL salaries.

I have included the Hockey Zone’s 1990 salaries, along with those listed by Sport.

I would note, however, that the two lists for 1990 aren’t always the same – some are calculated in American funds, some Canadian. But, I am including both, as they provide a good idea of NHL salaries at that time.

I would ask the reader to also note, that the years from 1987 until 1990, was the time in which Offer Sheets were first being presented.


SPORT – June, 1987

1. Wayne Gretzky – Oilers – $950,000 CDN – (converted to $717,250 USD)
2. Marcel Dionne – Rangers – $700,000
3. Mike Bossy – Islanders – $650,000
4. Bryan Trottier – Islanders – $625,000
5. Dave Taylor – Kings – $600,000
6. Mario Lemieux – Penguins – $550,000
5. Denis Potvin – Islanders – $550,000
8. Mike Liut – Whalers – $450,000
9. Rod Langway – Capitals – $400,000
10. Barry Pederson – Canucks – $350,000

SPORT – June, 1989

1. Gretzky – Kings – $2 million
2. Lemieux – Penguins – $1.5 million
3. Trottier – Islanders – $950,000
4. Taylor – Kings – $700,000
5. Dionne – Rangers – $600,000
6. Liut – Whalers – $550,000
7. Goulet – Nordiques – $510,000
8. Messier – Oilers – $510,000
9. Savard – Blackhawks – $500,000
10. Coffey – Penguins – $485,000
11. Duguay – Kings – $475,000
12. Hawerchuk – Jets – $467,500
13. Stastny – Nordiques – $446,250
14. Carpenter – Bruins – $425,000
15. LaFontaine – Islanders – $425,000
16. Gustafsson – Capitals – $410,000
17. Stevens -Capitals – $400,000
18. Pederson – Canucks – $400,000
19. Bourque – Bruins – $380,000
20. Fuhr – Oilers – $340,000
20. Robinson – Canadiens – $340,000

SPORT – June, 1990

1. Gretzky – Kings – $2.72 milion
2. Lemieux – Penguins – $2.15 million
3. Chelios – Canadiens – $1 million
4. Trottier – Islanders – $975,000
5. Taylor – Kings – $950,000
6. Bourque – Bruins – $925,000
7. Messier – Oilers – $875,000
8. Nicholls – Rangers – $725,000
9. Yzerman – Red Wings – $700,000
10. Goulet – Nordiques/Blackhawks – $600,000
11. Carson – Oilers – $585,000
12. Robinson – Kings – 550,000
13. Savard – Blackhawks – $525,000
14. Dineen – Whalers – $510,000
15. Wilson – Blackhawks – $500,000
16. Hextall – Flyers – $500,000
17. Kerr – Flyers – $500,000
18. Coffey – Penguins – $485,000
19. Stastny – Nordiques – $480,000
20. Hawerchuk – Jets – $462,000

HOCKEY ZONE PLUS – 1989-90 (U.S. Dollars)

1. Lemieux – Penguins – $2,000,000

2. Gretzky – Kings – $1,720,000

3. Messier – Oilers – $855,271

4. Yzerman – Red Wings – $700,000

5. Trottier – Islanders – $ 575,000

6. Robinson – Kings – $550,000

7. Savard – Blackhawks – $525,000

8. Goulet – Nordiques/Blackhawks – $517,980

9. Bourque – Bruins – $500,000

10. Hextall – Flyers – $500,000

11. Wilson – Blackhawks – $500,000

12. Taylor – Kings- $500,000

13. Kerr – Flyers – $500,000

14. Chelios – Canadiens – $496,398

15. Coffey – Penguins – $450,000

16. Liut – Capitals – $445,000

17. Salming – Maple Leafs – $435,000

18. Kurri – Oilers – $431,650

19. Howe – Flyers – $425,000

20. Stastny – Nordiques – $414,384

21. MacInnis – Flames – $410,068

22. Sandstrom – Kings – $410,000

23. LaFontaine – Islanders – $400,000

24. Nicholls – Rangers – $400,000

25. Gartner – Capitals – $400,000

25. Carson – Oilers – $400,000