Sather said, "what started in the middle 1980s was that managers started to get bamboozled by agents, and arbitrators got involved in this thing and decided that you can be on the worst team in the league and make the same money as the guy who is on the best team because your stats are basically the same. But there is no correlation between the best team and the worst team, because you play under entirely different conditions."
Sather added, "You can be a first line player on the last place team and get 25 minutes a game, or you can be the first line player on the best team and get you may not get 25 minutes - you may only get 15 because they have four other centers who are as good as you are. It is a strange way of doing contracts. the arbitrators looks purely at statistics. They don't care what a guy does off the ice or whether he is a leader in the dressing room or an asshole."