On one hand, the National Hockey League owners are demanding dramatic financial rollbacks in the next collective bargaining agreement.
They want to reduce the players’ revenue share from 57 percent to 46 percent. They want to limit contract length to five years and make players toil for a decade before reaching unrestricted free agency.
On the other hand, the owners are dishing out ridiculous contract offers of their own free will.
The latest example of mindless largesse was the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet Shea Weber signed with the Philadelphia Flyers.
The deal features $26 million signing bonus, according to various reports, and $68 million in bonus money during the first six years. It was front-loaded to discourage the Nashville Predators from matching the offer to keep this cornerstone defenseman.
For more on this topic, check out my story on STLToday.com.