QUEBEC CITY – Canada’s World Championship squad might resemble a dream team of sorts, but it would be a nightmare for any GM trying to fit all the players under the salary cap.
Canada’s roster checks in at a total salary of $64.2 million, well over the $50.3 million the cap was set at for this season. But when you take into account new contracts for Brent Burns, Patrick Sharp, Chris Kunitz, Dany Heatley, Jason Chimera, Ryan Getzlaf and Jason Spezza, it balloons to $83.3 million, just a tad over the estimated $57 million the cap is expected to be at next season.
The Russian’s cap number is just $44.4 million, but they have 14 players who were not in the NHL this season, each of whom was assigned the minimum stipend of $500,000. Canada has just one player in that situation, defenseman Marc Giordano.
When you consider pay hikes for next season to Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Fedor Tyutin, the total figure for the Russian team jumps to $55.29 million.
DOAN A COLLECTOR
Canadian captain Shane Doan is something of a memorabilia hound.
Among his possessions is a framed photograph of the 1920 Winnipeg Falcons. He also has a framed photograph of Paul Henderson’s winning goal in the 1972 Summit Series, which is signed by Henderson and Yvan Cournoyer of Canada and Vladislav Tretiak and Yuri Liapkin of the Soviet Union.
Doan bought the photograph in a silent auction at a golf tournament several years ago, but wouldn’t say exactly how much he paid for it.
“It was quite a bit,” he said. “It was early in my career and I thought I might have paid too much for it.”
LISTEN TO BURNS
Canadian assistant coach Pat Burns told his players to go high on Swedish goalie Henrik Lundqvist in the semifinal and the strategy worked as Canada chased the Vezina finalist after scoring four goals.
“I did a helluva job, too,” Burns joked. “I should know, I’m with the Devils. We played (Lundqvist’s New York Rangers) 14 times this year and beat them once.”
Burns has also been responsible for running Canada’s power play, a task that has been rather easy given the talent he has at his disposal.
“Our power play meetings take about two minutes,” Burns said. “Win the faceoff and keep it in.”
EARLY START NEXT YEAR
Organizers of this year’s tournament wanted to get as many NHL players as possible, which is why the tournament is ending May 18.
Next year, however, the tournament will go back to its more traditional time slot and will be held April 24-May 10 in Bern and Zurich, Switzerland.
Ken Campbell is at the World Championship in Quebec and will be filing daily reports through to the final day.
Read THN’s preview of the gold medal game HERE.