Many hockey fans are stunned -- how can a guy who recently signed an $8 million contract find himself in financial trouble? Unfortunately, this sort of story turns out not to be an uncommon one in the league. Despite their high salaries, many players find themselves in severe financial difficulty.
Could it happen to your favorite player? Maybe. Just in case, here are some subtle signs that an NHL player may be broke:
- After every victory, he digs up center ice to see if anyone hid a toonie in it.
- If his team ever wins a championship, his plans for his "day with the Cup" involves sitting on a street corner and shaking it at passers-by.
- His new dental bridge appears to be made out of paper mache, duct tape, and seven of Duncan Keith's old teeth.
- Every time he goes out to eat, he tries to convince one of the Canadiens forwards to order him something from the kid's menu.
- His current salary cap hit is negative fourteen million dollars.
- He walks around looking like he spent five dollars on his haircut, instead of seven dollars like all his teammates.
- Every time the zamboni slows down, he jumps out and starts trying to squeegee its windshield.
- On Twitter, Allan Walsh keeps referring to him as "Client Mr. Better-Pay-His-Agent-If-He-Still-Wants-To-Have-Kneecaps".
- Several weeks ago, he offered to buy Dustin Byfulgien lunch.
- He's drowning in so much red ink that Ron Maclean immediately breaks into his slow motion Hasselhoff beach sprint every time he sees him.
- Instead of a playoff beard or playoff moustache, he's currently rocking a playoff GoldenPalace.com forehead tattoo.
- When the Edmonton Oilers call with a contract offer, he answers the phone.
- He's started blogging for Hockeybuzz. (Wait, I'm sorry, that was meant for the list of "Signs your favorite player is morally bankrupt").
- He's so desperate for money that he's started posing for newspaper covers wearing a skirt.
- Gary Bettman just legally adopted him.