Originally written on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 1/4/13
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Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images News broke yesterday that the NHL and the NHLPA had agreed to two amnesty buyouts before the 2013-2014 season. One buyout will be allowed before the start of this season –if it happens– with the second occurring before the start of the 2013-2014 campaign. The owners appear to be dead-set against a cap higher than $60 million for 2013-2014, so multiple teams will need to use both buyouts to get to that number. The first buyout for the Rangers will have to be Wade Redden. The new CBA will not allow teams to bury bad contracts in the AHL, so Redden’s full $6.5 million cap hit will be on the books. This one is a no-brainer. Redden, much like Scott Gomez in Montreal, will be bought out. That’s the easy one to guess. The Rangers may need to use that second buyout to stay under that $60 million cap for 2013-2014. Of the players currently signed, the organization will not be looking to buyout either of their goaltenders, Rick Nash, Marian Gaborik, Brad Ric...
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  • A $60M cap, huh? the NBA has individual players making more than a third of that with Kobe Bryant making almost half of that total amount for the 2013-14 season. The NHL has a longer season, a more grueling season, and a more grueling game play but, because Kobe Bryant is a 'super star" he can rake in a paycheck of over $27m. Looks to me like the biggest problem in the NHL right now is marketing! They just don't know how to "sell" their product. Give the "product" value and people will be buying. Do you know, in Kentucky they still argue it is "too hot" in the South for hockey!! Obviously they have never heard of Nashville, Tampa, Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles. Columbus, OH had the same collective mindset but the Bluejackets organization went on an educational campaign to teach to populace and, thereby, created their own fan base. The entire NHL needs to do the same thing but on a far wider scale. And players agents need to figure out about hyping their clients to businesses. Make the non-hockey population aware of the game and the players and maybe the NHL overall will stop devaluing the guys that make it work.

    Well, lil Miz Gretzky knows how to sell it, though. Maybe her daddy's business could take a lesson from her!
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