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Eklund
Commissioner
Joined: 09.15.2005

Sep 8 @ 1:15 PM ET
Eklund: One-Year Bridge for Provorov?
Landsbergfan
Season Ticket Holder
Philadelphia Flyers
Location: Toronto
Joined: 07.15.2014

Sep 8 @ 1:17 PM ET
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wbon22
Philadelphia Flyers
Location: Cherry Hill, NJ
Joined: 02.21.2008

Sep 8 @ 1:24 PM ET
If it gets him into camp. Do it.

If I was Provorov, I would bet on myself. Take the short bridge and have a good season and be in a better position to get a big deal next year.

Hokeeguy9
Philadelphia Flyers
Location: Bethlehem, PA
Joined: 06.25.2012

Sep 8 @ 1:44 PM ET
I could never understand young players thinking when it could mess to short bridge deals. If I was Provorov, I’d be signing the longer term deal, even if it’s a mil less than what I think I’m worth. At 6mil plus over a 5-6 year deal, he will never have to worry about money for the rest of his life. If he’s that good, he still has another payday after that contract expires. So he gives up 5mil over 5 years. It won’t make a damn bit of difference in his lifestyle, or taking care of family. On the other hand, if he takes a one or two year bridge deal, and has a serious injury that either slows him down, or ruins his career, he’ll regret it for the rest of his life. Piece of mind has value! It’s a shame some of these players and agents need to be in a d!ck measuring contest! Just plain dumb!
Bullot
Season Ticket Holder
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: Red Deer, AB
Joined: 07.14.2010

Sep 8 @ 1:49 PM ET
I could never understand young players thinking when it could mess to short bridge deals. If I was Provorov, I’d be signing the longer term deal, even if it’s a mil less than what I think I’m worth. At 6mil plus over a 5-6 year deal, he will never have to worry about money for the rest of his life. If he’s that good, he still has another payday after that contract expires. So he gives up 5mil over 5 years. It won’t make a damn bit of difference in his lifestyle, or taking care of family. On the other hand, if he takes a one or two year bridge deal, and has a serious injury that either slows him down, or ruins his career, he’ll regret it for the rest of his life. Piece of mind has value! It’s a shame some of these players and agents need to be in a d!ck measuring contest! Just plain dumb!
- Hokeeguy9


Absolutely agree with everything here!
Antilles
St Louis Blues
Joined: 10.17.2008

Sep 8 @ 2:00 PM ET
I could never understand young players thinking when it could mess to short bridge deals. If I was Provorov, I’d be signing the longer term deal, even if it’s a mil less than what I think I’m worth. At 6mil plus over a 5-6 year deal, he will never have to worry about money for the rest of his life. If he’s that good, he still has another payday after that contract expires. So he gives up 5mil over 5 years. It won’t make a damn bit of difference in his lifestyle, or taking care of family. On the other hand, if he takes a one or two year bridge deal, and has a serious injury that either slows him down, or ruins his career, he’ll regret it for the rest of his life. Piece of mind has value! It’s a shame some of these players and agents need to be in a d!ck measuring contest! Just plain dumb!
- Hokeeguy9


The only reason he can get 6m over 6 years, is because of the decades of players before him who fought to get as much as they could pushing the market to where it is. It's not just about him. If he takes less than he is worth, every player in his situation gets asked, even expected to do the same, and backlash from fans if they don't. Players might negotiate contracts as individuals, but they set and maintain the market value for contracts as one big team. Sometimes, it's not just about making the safest decision for yourself, it's about making the best decision for the 'team' that is all players.

Agree or disagree, that's the mentality a player's agent and the NHLPA is going to be pushing for players to have.
BoltsFan1993
Tampa Bay Lightning
Location: NS
Joined: 06.27.2014

Sep 8 @ 2:17 PM ET
Wise beyond his age he is
ForeverFlyer16
Philadelphia Flyers
Location: Lou Nolan for Flyers Hall of Fame , NJ
Joined: 11.03.2006

Sep 8 @ 2:20 PM ET
The only reason he can get 6m over 6 years, is because of the decades of players before him who fought to get as much as they could pushing the market to where it is. It's not just about him. If he takes less than he is worth, every player in his situation gets asked, even expected to do the same, and backlash from fans if they don't. Players might negotiate contracts as individuals, but they set and maintain the market value for contracts as one big team. Sometimes, it's not just about making the safest decision for yourself, it's about making the best decision for the 'team' that is all players.

Agree or disagree, that's the mentality a player's agent and the NHLPA is going to be pushing for players to have.

- Antilles


I seriously doubt the players are thinking of that as they negotiate, however I very much agree that the agents are...the agents want the salaries to keep on increasing at a great pace...the Players want their own salary to increase by a great amount.

As a fan and STM, I'd rather see some stability restored to the sportsworld...but fear that that ship has long sailed.
fatty_mcmanboobs
Vancouver Canucks
Joined: 11.07.2018

Sep 8 @ 3:19 PM ET
Well said. The egos and greed in the NHL are horrible.
MrPerfect316
Philadelphia Flyers
Location: Canada, YT
Joined: 07.06.2008

Sep 8 @ 3:56 PM ET
Even more than basketball and football....
Hokeeguy9
Philadelphia Flyers
Location: Bethlehem, PA
Joined: 06.25.2012

Sep 8 @ 4:05 PM ET
The only reason he can get 6m over 6 years, is because of the decades of players before him who fought to get as much as they could pushing the market to where it is. It's not just about him. If he takes less than he is worth, every player in his situation gets asked, even expected to do the same, and backlash from fans if they don't. Players might negotiate contracts as individuals, but they set and maintain the market value for contracts as one big team. Sometimes, it's not just about making the safest decision for yourself, it's about making the best decision for the 'team' that is all players.

Agree or disagree, that's the mentality a player's agent and the NHLPA is going to be pushing for players to have.

- Antilles


His responsibility is to himself and his family first! If he had the responsibility to the players union, ask them if they’ll contribute 10 million of THEIR money in the even he gets injured and his career is done or never the same player. I’m not being a d!ck, but that argument doesn’t make sense in the real world. F the agents. Charity begins at home first!
BringNYIhome
New York Islanders
Location: Smithtown , NY
Joined: 04.10.2016

Sep 8 @ 4:52 PM ET
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ChrisJenj
New York Rangers
Joined: 06.25.2019

Sep 8 @ 4:53 PM ET
You know what's crazy to me? The fact that MLB players make hundreds of millions of dollars and hockey players only make a fraction of that. As we all know hockey is way more demanding both physically and mentally. These guys bodies take a beating night in and night out. They all deserve way more than they are making
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New Jersey Devils
Location: 94Nevermore, NJ
Joined: 07.01.2010

Sep 8 @ 5:26 PM ET
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Rinosaur
Pittsburgh Penguins
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Joined: 01.21.2016

Sep 8 @ 5:29 PM ET
You know what's crazy to me? The fact that MLB players make hundreds of millions of dollars and hockey players only make a fraction of that. As we all know hockey is way more demanding both physically and mentally. These guys bodies take a beating night in and night out. They all deserve way more than they are making
- ChrisJenj


What players make in a sport is all relative to what the teams/league actually makes. When you play 162 games and have far more games on national broadcasting, you have way more revenue coming in.

If the NHL was on more networks with more regularity these players would be making far more money.
DanielEtvs
Buffalo Sabres
Location: Buffalo, NY
Joined: 10.10.2006

Sep 8 @ 5:55 PM ET
How is 3 years less than it seems? Lol 🤣
chazpet
New York Islanders
Joined: 11.22.2010

Sep 8 @ 6:42 PM ET
Are you guys freakin kidding me???
Do you really think NHL players are worse than NFL or NBA players???
If you are please explain yourselves. I swear if you can prove this I will not follow hockey anymore .
flyersfaninLA
Season Ticket Holder
Philadelphia Flyers
Location: Pacific Palisades, CA
Joined: 03.05.2010

Sep 8 @ 8:01 PM ET
I like the deal for both sides.

Provo is a star but last year didn't show it for him. He knows how good he is and if he deserves the money - he can perform like the rest of us and get paid for it. Real world.

The Flyers don't lock him up and could get crushed in arbitration but they won't let it go that far. He is their no. 1 d-man and he is going to get something like 8 and 8. Maybe 8.5 if he can go deep 40 points, at least 10 goals and +10 or more.
SMS4016
Joined: 01.27.2011

Sep 8 @ 8:50 PM ET
(frank)ing retarded. Not a chance in hell he’d take a 1 year deal
MJL
Philadelphia Flyers
Location: Candyland, PA
Joined: 09.20.2007

Sep 8 @ 8:52 PM ET
If it gets him into camp. Do it.

If I was Provorov, I would bet on myself. Take the short bridge and have a good season and be in a better position to get a big deal next year.


- wbon22


Big mistake for the Flyers to do that. They'd be giving up all future leverage.
acd513
Season Ticket Holder
Joined: 06.23.2013

Sep 8 @ 10:40 PM ET
Good for the Flyers. Bad for Provy. Provorov is truly a 3-4 defenseman who has gotten 1-2 dman minutes because the Flyers D and coaching has been garbage. Sanheim > Provorov
Bo
Toronto Maple Leafs
Joined: 02.09.2009

Sep 9 @ 7:59 AM ET
Are you guys freakin kidding me???
Do you really think NHL players are worse than NFL or NBA players???
If you are please explain yourselves. I swear if you can prove this I will not follow hockey anymore .

- chazpet


Agree, you don't see a hockey player under contract holding out for more coin. Football is ridiculous!! And look what they make per year compared to a hockey player.
mageejames40
Philadelphia Flyers
Joined: 06.20.2019

Sep 9 @ 2:32 PM ET
If you believe Sanheim is better than Provy... or think Provy is a 3/4 dman.. than stop watching hockey cause youre clueless