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    By Bruce Garrioch Toronto -- Now that s a pay cut. Alexei Yashin stands to lose about $15 million if the NHL accepts the players offer of a 24% pay cut.
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 11, 2004
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      By Bruce Garrioch

      Toronto -- Now that's a pay cut. Alexei Yashin stands to lose about $15
      million if the NHL accepts the players' offer of a 24% pay cut.

      That would make the New York Islanders center the biggest loser under the
      stunning proposal made Thursday by the NHL Players' Association.

      "Alexei Yashin is ready to take one for the team," New Jersey-based agent
      Mark Gandler told Sun Media yesterday.

      Don't feel too bad for Yashin, though. The former Senator is owed $65
      million from the Islanders over the next six years. The 24% rollback would still
      leave him with about $50 million.

      Get Issue Settled:
      "This isn't just about Alexei Yashin," Gandler said. "He's not just
      concerned about himself in this situation. He wants to make sure that we can get
      back playing hockey.

      "The biggest thing is making sure the season starts. If this is going to
      help to get the issue settled, then Alexei Yashin is willing to accept it.

      "I do believe, though, that if this offer isn't accepted and there isn't any
      hockey [this season], the offer of a 24% rollback should be taken off the
      table."

      Among Ottawa Senators players, captain Daniel Alfredsson would lose more
      than $8 million from his five-year, $32.5-million deal.


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