‘In fact, big-market teams do have a distinct edge. Teams from larger (see: wealthy) markets, such as Philadelphia and New York, can offer longterm deals loaded with more money up front because they can afford to buy out players toward the end of the contract. The structure of the deals helps them circumvent the salary cap while still drawing the better players.’
Archives for July 15, 2007
‘“I’m leaving Buffalo and the Sabres, and I’m taking with me just the good memories,” Briere said. “Obviously, there’s been some tough times and there’s things I wish would have been done differently. But you know, that’s not what I’m taking,” he continued. “And, I’m hoping it’s the same thing with the fans, that they keep cherishing the good memories and especially the past two seasons we’ve had here.”’
'Instead, Briere says when the season ended he waited and waited and waited for the Sabres offer. "When there's a week left before free agency that's when I kind of realized they were moving in a different direction and there's no hard feelings," says the former Sabres co-captain, "Obviously I would have liked to continue my career here but it's not the way it panned out."'