[Vitale] has just gotten established as an NHL regular. He was paid $525,000 last season and was scheduled to earn the same amount in 2012-13.
While that obviously is far more than the average wage-earner pulls in, Vitale doesn’t enjoy the same financial cushion that some more experienced — and better-compensated — teammates enjoy.
Consequently, while he certainly isn’t being forced to choose between, say, paying his electric bill and buying groceries, Vitale acknowledged that he has been a bit more prudent about some purchases lately.
“You just obviously have to prioritize a little better, as far as getting the on-sale bread instead of the whole-grain,” he said. “Little things like that. But that’s the only change, financially.”
At the risk of taking Vitale’s bread choice too seriously, here’s hoping other players don’t follow suit with these types of comments.
There’s nothing wrong with being price-conscious, or fiscally responsible. Let’s make that clear.
What is problematic, though, is someone who made a half million dollars last year correlating a couple of lost paychecks with tough grocery decisions.
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.