BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 14: Ryan Wilson #44 of the Colorado Avalanche is stopped by Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center on March 14, 2012 in Buffalo, New York. The Avalanche defeated the Sabres 5-4 in the shootout. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The 25-year-old has spent three seasons with the Avalanche, playing between 59 and 67 games each season.
The six-foot-one Wilson went undrafted after a five-year OHL career that saw him compile 259 points.
Mitchell Heard was in high heels when he became a draft pick of the Avalanche. Let me elaborate:
Heard, drafted in the second round, 41st overall Saturday by the Avs, was not in Pittsburgh when his name was called. He was in Bowmanville, Ontario, walking in high heels as part of a walk to benefit local battered and abused women. Hundreds of dollars were raised for the cause.
Ah, the CBA...
Other issues for the players are the escrow system that came with the salary cap, in which money is withheld from their pay cheques to ensure they receive the proper share of league revenue, developing a concussion protocol, travel and scheduling and participation in the Olympics.
The trouble is the NHL still has the same over-riding problem it did seven years ago – the 10 or so teams at the top of the revenue chart make all kinds of money while teams in the middle struggle to break even and the 10 teams at the bottom lose millions of dollars a year.