The 2004-05 Lockout and the NHL’s Parity Error

Twelve seasons have passed since the second of three lockouts Gary Bettman has been commissioner of the NHL, and the League is preparing to add a 31st team with a 32nd likely coming in the next five years.  It is as vital an indication for the League as any that the sport is as popular as it has ever been, and that the League is thriving in spite of the loss of two half-seasons and one full season in Bettman’s term.  However, it is hard to ignore that the lockout which cancelled the entire 2004-05 season might have been for naught. Continue reading


Sheary Signed

The Pens have avoided an arbitration hearing and signed Sheary to a 3 year, 9 million dollar contract, with an AAV of 3 million.  That’s a decent price based on production, albeit a strain on the pens current cap situation.

The pens now have 22 players under contract with 3,280,000.00 in cap space, and no third line center.

Sheary will be a UFA at the end of his three year deal.