Sunday, August 29, 2010
NHL Adopts 'Jackpot' as Contract Determinator
In the kids game, an amount is determined to win, and the thrower throws a ball and calls out an amount in the air. The first person to catch a total of that amount or the "Jackpot" toss wins, and becomes the new thrower, and the game proceeds from there.
The NHL has made some adjustments, but has kept the game largely in tact.
NHL representative Bill Daly had this to offer about the new initiative:
"Basically, what happens is, the free agents gather in the parking lot. Gary Bettman gets on the roof of the NHL offices, calls out a contract amount and a team. Whatever he calls is what the player who catches it gets."
When asked for a comment, Bettman had this to say:
"Just one more thing we can do to influence parity within the league. It should get me exercising more too. I'm excited."
As far as the actual teams go, the Edmonton Oilers were clearly the most supportive of this idea. GM Steve Tambellini was especially outspoken:
"We love this idea. Anything that can be done to actually give us a chance at signing high-end free agents, we support."