Today Steve Simmons has a column outlining the Leafs salary situation. What is interesting is the number mistakes listed in it. Mistakes that are completely avoidable and show completely how little homework Steve Simmons does. Man, that guy has a cushy job. He can be a complete moron while writing and talking about sports and get paid for it.
He has John Pohl listed as **John Pohl 450,000 with ** meaning “Unsigned forwards who have limited ability to increase salary” Well a quick visit to the Maple Leafs website would indicated that Pohl is not unsigned but rather that he was signed to a 2-year contract last week. Maybe he missed it because it was disguised as an offficial press release. Maybe the Leafs don’t consider him worthy of being called a member of the ‘press’ either and stopped sending him the releases.
He has Chad Kilger listed at $1.2 million which does appear to be his salary this year but in terms of salary cap commitments the cost is the average of the contract and every media report I have seen indicates that he signed a 3 year $2.7 million contract which works out to a $900,000 average salary for a $900,000 salary cap hit.
He has Ed Belfour’s salary cap hit listed as $750,000 but I believe the hit to be the full $1.5 million this year and not 750,000 this year and next.
And I am still not convinced that he has the Domi buyout costs correct. It is either $1.25 million this year or $416,000 this year and next depending on which section of the CBA takes precedence. From reading the CBA I believe it should be $416,000 this year and next but Simmons interprets it as $610,000 this year and next (half Domi’s salary this year, the other half next year).
Steve Simmons isn’t the only member of the media who doesn’t seem at all itnerested in doing some homework he is just the worst. Now you know why I spend the time creating accurate (as good as I can get anyway) salary commitment lists (see menu to left). The Leafs salary commitments can be viewed here.