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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>pinslack</b></div><div>Ok small rant for me this morning

I once again read something that triggers me, and now it's coming from nothing less than Pierre Lebrun : https://theathletic.com/3958531/2022/12/02/nhl-restricted-free-agents-2022-23/

Lebrun claims that there's something like a "<em>Bruins-like culture</em>" where "<em>players sacrifice a bit on the cap in order to build as deep a contender as possible over time</em>"

Take this as granted : <strong>players NEVER sacrifice money</strong>

If they opt for a long term deal, it's for financial security (like if they regress or if they get injured).

If this long term deal turns out as a bargain (like for the Marchand-Bergeron-Pasternak line), it's NOT because players decided to sacrifice money at the time of the signature but simply because they outplayed their contract.

At best, you can say that these players with a bargain deal got fleeced, but it's certainly not because they decided to sacrifice money.

In short, there's 2 golden rules for players in my book:

Players <strong>play to win</strong> - you can't expect them to help you tanking
Players sign f<strong>or the most money possible</strong> depending on the degree of risk they want

Have a good weekend</div></div>

I think people forget that NHL players are closer to you in terms of finance than the owners. Yes, the majority of them are millionaires and the money they make through their career will likely sustain them through the rest of their lives, but the owners are billionaires. One billion dollars is a thousand million dollars; or a whole magnitude above.

Saying "players take less for the team" is a pro-owner sentiment; no NHL player should cut slack for their bosses because it's their labor that actually increases the value and revenue of the team and of the league. You should always support players getting the most money possible for their value instead of criticizing them. They only take less because it provides them extra job security as you said.