Posted 17 October 2007 - 02:17 AM
My feelings as well Jeff. Besides, it's not like Teppo isn't getting a paycheck while he's out. Hockey players (and all athletes) carry personal insurance for occurances just like this one, where they're not able to play and earn a living. In addition to that, he owns 90% of Montreal Sports Ltd which produces and sells hockey equipment. Sabres' team policy is to not insure the majority of their contracts, because insurance on all personnel would add at least a third to the total payroll. It would be nice if they could just wash their hands of Teppo's $2.6 million dollar contract and just give him his check even though he's of no benefit to the team right now, but hockey is a business, plan and simple. I question the logic behind signing him (a 38yo hockey player with a known heart condition) in the first place, but that's neither here nor there. The team isn't obligated to pay him, so they're not paying him. I'm actually kind of surprised that the contract isn't voided completely by the fact that he isn't ready or physically able to play hockey.Here's a quote from the standard players contract paragraph that pertains to Numminen's situation:paragraph 5b in the Standard Player Contract.b: If the Player, in the judgment of the Club's physician, is disabled or is not in good physical condition at the commencement of the season or at any subseqnet time during the season (unless such condition is the direct result of any injury sustained during the course of his employment as a hockey Player with the Club, including travel with his team or on business requested by the Club) so as to render him unfit to play skilled hockey, then it is mutually agreed that the Club shall have the right to suspend the Player for such period of disability or unfitness, and no compensation shall be payable for that period under this SPC. Honestly, in my view this whole thing is semantics and principles. Numminen is a multi-millionaire and missing out on 3 months salary isn't going to financially cripple him any more than Danny Markov not getting paid for however long it takes him to sign with an NHL club will cripple him. Teppo (or at least his agent) read his contract and signed off on the fact that one of the terms was that he show up when he's told, fit, healthy and ready to play. He didn't (through no fault of his own, but through no fault of the team's either...this isn't a hockey injury), and he's not getting paid. I don't really get why people have such a huge problem with it.