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Eric Staal Drives a Deal

By January 27, 2008

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I'm willing to make my peace with the useless NHL All Star Game. Someone on TV pointed out that the kids love it, and that's a good enough reason to go through the motions every season.

But does anyone else find it obscene that the Most Valuable Player gets a free SUV?

Eric Staal (2 goals and an assist) makes $4.5 million this season. Don't worry, he gets a raise to $5 million next year.

How badly does he need a free vehicle? Do you think he's been rattling around town in a '96 Hyundai with the tail pipe held in place by an old skate lace? Has he been awaiting approval on his loan application so he can upgrade to an '05 Toyota hatchback?

If they insist on giving a truck away after every All Star Game, they should at least donate it to a local charity in the name of the MVP. An ugly trophy is enough for Eric Staal, and his teammates should make him buy the first postgame round.

Photo: Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes, Most Valuable Player in Sunday's NHL All Star Game, collects the keys to his new Dodge Whatchamacallit. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


January 28, 2008 at 10:44 am
(1) Norman says:

As always, it is the advertisers who determine the MVP award. Dodge cares nothing about “honoring” the MVP, it’s always about getting their badge in front of your eyes. Donating the prize is fine, but it is and should be up to the winner.

January 29, 2008 at 11:24 am
(2) Ed says:

It is a form of advertising. Whining about how much a player earns makes you sound awfully populist, as well as envious. Fear not, my little socialist, your thirst for schadenfreude will be quenched: the IRS will tax the vehicle at full sticker price, whether he keeps it or not.

January 30, 2008 at 5:11 pm
(3) John Lake says:

The SUV didn’t even have leather.
what self respecting NHL $5 mil player
doesn’t want to sacrifice a few cows in the
name of a comfortable commute.
And besides cloth upholstery retains the smell of booze. And with DUI’s on an upswing in the NHL leather is what’s needed. Especially for those Minnesota bachelor parties.
The Hammer

January 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm
(4) Saleski says:

I see your readers are tossing around words like schadenfreude as a response to your dissing of Mr Staal.
I haven’t heard that word used in context since my days in Memorial Stadium when I overheard one of the boys in the bleachers referring to his friend’s relishing of Knobby Lambert’s exchange with Ernie Hynes. God I miss the creatures

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