Sometimes it's nice to have a fan as the owner of a professional team. You know his heart'll always be in the right place, and he'll do what he thinks is in the franchise's best interest. No absent ownership with him -- but sometimes they have the propensity to think like a fan, and that's what gets you into trouble. Witness the Buffalo Sabres.
Their owner, Terry Pegula, loves the team very much. It's obvious. What is also obvious is that he's not sure what he's doing when it comes to cap management. The Sabres are $8,657,977 below the cap with 23 players signed. That's well and good, but he's offered the summer's current free agent du jour a contract that'd eat most of that space up. The Sabres have offered Shane Doan a four year, $30 million contract that'd pay Doan $7.5 million a season, making him the team's highest paid player. Keep in mind that, as excellent of a leader as Doan is and as good of a hockey player that he is, he's also 35 years old.no comments