3/28/2007 7:10:37 PM
Dean Lombardi is not winning any popularity contests, with the NHL head office or his fellow general managers.
The Los Angeles Kings' GM ruffled feathers with last week's signing of free-agent defenceman Joe Piskula from the University of Wisconsin.
As part of Piskula's contract, there are games played bonuses of $25,000 for playing one game, three games and five games. In other words, he gets $75,000 guaranteed for playing just five NHL games with the Kings, which will likely happen by the weekend.
The NHL believes this bonus structure violates the CBA clause on guaranteed monies for entry-level players and, therefore, rejected the contract when the Kings submitted it. But the NHL Players' Association filed a grievance over that rejection and so Piskula's contract will stand until such time that an arbitrator rules on it.