• Why wouldn’t the Hens resign Bobby Ryan, when he is on his game, he can score with the best. It’s not like they have alot of offensive players on their team.

    With the increases coming to the salary cap as well as the unstable Canadian dollar, I think they nailed that contract on the head.

  • Gumby

    Agree with the overpayment of Ryan, but what can Ottawa do?

    Also think you’re missing a host here (not Chris, he adds little of worth). Obviously it would be tough to get Mirtle again so soon, have you considered inviting Jonas Siegal on an episode ? He does the leaf report with James and seems to have a lot of intelligent things to say.

  • Avro

    Great podcast guys!

    You mentioned a couple of stories about players getting paid in the KHL, and I believe both of them. I actually just finished reading a book called “This is Russia” by Bernd Bruckler (who played 3 seasons in the KHL for Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod and Sibir Novosibirsk) and in the book he mentions some odd payment methods. He didn’t mention anything about his salary being tax free, but did mention that he signed for $550,000 after taxes, which was later converted to rubles, so it sounds like contracts are negotiated in terms of what the player actually gets to take home.

    So he was paid his 18,975,000 rubles in 9 payments. Sometimes these payments were delayed so players were often asking management about getting their salaries. He tells a story of how one time, during a practise, the players were told that they were getting their payment that day, in cash.

    This is from his book:

    “After practise, the players were told to wait for their turn to get paid. There was a big guard in front of one of the storage rooms. He was, naturally, dress in black. After a while they called me in.
    I grabbed a garbage bag and walked into the room. There were two more guards inside, and a lady behind a desk, and in from of here were wads of money, some in little plastic bags, some bound with rubber bands. Under each pile there was a note with the player’s name, so I could see where it said ‘Bruckler’.”

    While the payment was being none of the team’s management were in the room; not the GM, the sports director nor the team manager.

    “The atmosphere was very… Russian. Very official. This situation felt strange to me, so I just wanted to get in and get out. I was wondering whether anybody outside the team, besides the lady and the guards in front of me, knew that we were going to get paid that day.”

    “The lady asked me to show her my passport. In Russia, you always have your passport with you because you need it for everything. Then she asked me to sign a receipt – there was no way I could have counted the money, so I simply trusted her – and that was it.
    I pulled up the garbage bag, stuffed it with the money, then tied it to my belt loops and pulled my shirt down over it, to cover it.”

    There’s other stories like that in the book. If you haven’t read it already, its a good light read.

    Sorry for making this comment so long.

    As always, I enjoyed listening to the podcast, and I can’t wait for there to be 2 per week.