1997 cup team salary was 35 mil
1998 was boosted up by the Carolina offer to holdout Federov of 17mill for ??years I think 4 but the catcher was the 10 mill bonus in that offer was if his team made the conf finals which was quite likely for him as a Red Wing and signing a few players in order to keep a team intact which was a tight knit group of winners.
In 2002 Ilitch without a question did spend a lot and won a cup by doing so. He may have done this because he knew it would be the last chance to do so with the up coming CBA CAP likelyhood. This should have been at least attempted by the B’s to get Bourque his cup with the B’s.
That is what the lockout was really about. controlling the owner spending habits and nothong more.]]>
As for LaPointe, I see absotively no reason why the Pens would want him when they are looking to get faster and more skilled, not slower and unskilled…]]>