Jagr, Iginla, And Doan All Paying For Bungled NHL Expansion

Before the NHL officially announced its recent expansion which in the end produced “only” the Las Vegas Golden Knights, it was commonly reported in the media and on the Internet that there were four “done deals”, Las Vegas, Quebec, second Toronto, and Seattle all ready in the bag. And that was only the tip of the iceberg. The NHL had not expanded since 2000 and rumors and desires had been building up, that it was thought that the cup was overflowing with potential applicants just waiting to get in.

There was Quebec’s fellow lost partner, Hartford and frustrated Hamilton. There were two failed bidders from 2000, Houston and Oklahoma City. There was Kansas City with its empty Sprint Center, built to get an NHL and NBA team. There were the potential hockey hotbeds of Portland and Milwaukee and perhaps surprise bidders like San Diego and San Francisco. All were thought to be parked outside of the NHL’s door just waiting for an official announcement of expansion.

Instead the NHL ruined everything by tacking on a $500 million expansion fee and a $10 million “consideration fee” ($8 million to be refunded if your bid failed) that threw cold water on every potential bidder’s face. The verdict by the investment world: We’d love to own a professional sports franchise but we’re not suckers. An NHL franchise is not worth that amount of money. Of 16 potential bidders, only fanatical Las Vegas and Quebec stayed around to the end. And Quebec’s potential owner was unacceptable to the NHL. Even two of the “done deals” pulled out.

It was a first rate humiliation for the NHL. Not only did they want to expand, they wanted to realign as well into an NFL like structure of 2 conferences each having 4 divisions of 4 teams which would permit growth to the 40 team level and beyond. Instead they staged an expansion with no competition between rival cities (perhaps a “big 4″ North American professional sports first) and had to settle for only Las Vegas giving the league only 31 teams which prevented the NHL from realigning.

An unexpected fallout from this bungled expansion has been the fate of Jaromir Jagr, Jerome Iginla, and Shane Doan. All are representatives of the new kind of athlete that the NHL like its bungled expansion is unprepared for. With new advances in medicine and conditioning, it is now possible to prolong professional athletic careers beyond the usual retirement age of 35-40. Gordie Howe played until he was over 50 and Chris Chelios reached 48. But instead of being the exception, tomorrow’s athlete will play to these ages regularly.

The NHL is quite unprepared for this development. The oldest, Jagr, at 45 was still making significant contributions to his last team, the Florida Panthers. But NHL teams, ignoring that these elderly athletes can still make a significant contribution declined to sign these free agents, choosing to sign younger players who may have more long term potential in them for the future.

Sure Jagr, Iginla, and Doan have seen their best days pass them by. Modern medicine still isn’t advanced enough yet to turn them back into the state of 20 year olds, though that potential still exists in the future. But even at their advanced ages, they can probably still play better than many of the young players who are being given a chance, but will never reach their potential.

Doan gave up and retired. Jagr and Iginla are still waiting for offers. It is a shame that three of the NHL’s recent greatest players cannot get contracts and are being considered washed up without too much evidence.

If anything, the admission of Las Vegas should have made more NHL jobs available. And there would have been lots more if even only all four “done deals” had been granted NHL franchises. But the NHL’s greedy terms produced the worst “big 4″ North American professional league expansion in history. Now the NHL is caught between a rock and a hard place if they want to expand and realign in the near future. Either way they will lose face. They have to admit their expansion terms were unrealistic, refund money back to Bill Foley and Las Vegas so that they can set more realistic expansion terms that are more in tune with the real NHL franchise market, or wait years (decades?) before the investment world agrees that an NHL franchise merits a $500 million expansion fee and $10 million consideration fee. They could be stuck at the 31 team level, unable to realign for a long, long time.

If NHL expansion had been done properly, there would be four new teams entering the league now and Jagr, Doan, and Iginla would have no problem finding a new home. Their careers are either over or in suspension, a casualty of a league that is unprepared for the athlete of the future, and does not know the true value of its franchises in the investor market.


Jagr, Iginla, Doan: Get Ready For It NHL, Here Comes The Future

It is being reported at the NHL’s website, that three of its recent greatest players, Jaromir Jagr, Jerome Iginla, and Shane Doan are having trouble getting contracts from new teams. Doan and Iginla are said to be contemplating retirement and Jagr is said to have been offered a minor league contract.

In a continuation of my last article, these three hockey players are the start of the prototype players of tomorrow: players who take good care of their bodies and can continue playing in their sport at a high level well past 40 years of age and over.

In the past, there was Gordie Howe and Chris Chelios. Rare birds. But this is going to be the wave of the future. Tomorrow’s athlete will retire in his 40s, and maybe even reach 50. Jagr has stated that he wants 50 to be his retirement age.

What is distressing about the case of these elder statesmen is that the NHL has just expanded to Las Vegas so there should be more jobs than ever. Despite the fact that these star players can probably still contribute at a reasonable level, teams want to develop their younger players instead. And no team that is a contender and wants more talent in certain areas to put them over the top wants to take a chance either.

But this is just the beginning. With new medical treatments and better conditioning methods, athletes should be able to extend their careers to a much later age. The NHL is certainly not prepared for it. As I mentioned in two articles last year, the chelation remedy cured me of coronary heart disease, could have saved Gordie Howe, saved Steve Stamkos of Tampa Bay from missing a single playoff game with blood clots, and stopped Pascal Dupuis of the Pittsburgh Penguins from retiring because of the same reason.

Things actually should be more advanced than they are. The main reason they aren’t is because of the corruption in the health care industry. Too many people are making too much money from suffering and death. Pharmaceutical companies and others with similar motives can use the clinical trial system to block legitimate cures from reaching the public market. Scare tactics are used to keep the public in line. People are encouraged, even frightened to trust “professionals” with their health care and not themselves.

While I don’t advocate outright rebellion against “established medicine”, my own personal experience and what I’ve seen of many others makes it clear to me that “established medicine” is on the road to oblivion. When a legitimate cure is rejected, it gets classified as “alternative medicine” which doctors will not recommend and the user takes at his own risk, often in the face of scare tactics. But the public is getting more and more dissatisfied. Over a half decade ago, there was a survey in Canada in which 37% of the people polled said they would try “alternative medicine”. And the number is growing.

I personally know of at least three diseases that should be treated in different ways then what established medicine does. There is coronary heart disease (heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, etc.) by the chelation remedy. There is gall stones which I had earlier this year and I found the most effective treatment was shockingly sucking on a mint candy instead of the medicine that was prescribed. And I’ve heard from others that Shiatsu massage can cure hay fever and other allergies.

But neither the FDA nor Health Canada will recognize these treatments. Thanks to unscrupulous elements, such treatments get classified as alternative medicine or reduced to the level of a home remedy.

Neither the general public or any official body questions what is going on. They simply take the word of pharmaceutical companies, medical “experts” and others who have reasons for maintaining the status quo. Pharmaceutical companies, heart surgeons, companies that make “diet” varieties of things like salad dressing, etc., companies that make allergy pills, and the funeral business would all fall into this category.

For the NHL and other sports, they are just delaying tomorrow from coming sooner. There would be a dramatic drop in deaths and rise in quality of life if the chelation remedy was recognized for what it is. And imagine how much happier people with allergies would be if they were given a cure instead of coping drugs. But the cracks are starting to show. I write about my successful treatment whenever the opportunity arises and I always tell others who are suffering from coronary heart disease to investigate the chelation remedy and make up their own minds.

I hope Jagr, Doan, and Iginla find somewhere to play in the NHL. They are not washed up yet. They are not the end of the story but only the beginning.