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Dominic was an emerging star after going 40-27-5 for the Flyers in 1993-94 and 1994-95. Andr� represented Dominic on his $400,000 contract for the latter season and his $600,000 deal with Philadelphia for 1995-96. Dominic says that his checks went directly to Andr�, who, according to Dominic, bought a new house as a residence for himself and other real estate as investments and lived off his son's wages. (Andr� paid himself well above standard agent fees, which range from 3% to 6%.) Having noticed that appropriate shares of Dominic's salary weren't being deposited in his bank account, Dominic and his wife, France, began to question Andr�. "I trusted my father more than anyone, and I didn't believe he would do anything wrong," says Dominic, "but when I asked him what happened to the money, he had no answers."
Dominic took control of his finances and initiated legal proceedings against his father that led to Dominic's gaining possession of the three homes Andr� had purchased. The rift with his father left Dominic distraught, and his play suffered to the point that in 1996-97 he had been demoted to backup for a Flyers' minor league affiliate. His career rebounded when Philadelphia loaned him to Team Canada for the 1997-98 season, and he played well. He subsequently bounced from the Flyers to the Predators to the Mighty Ducks, where he's in his second season as backup to Guy Hebert. In July, Roussel, who was 2-1-1 through Sunday, signed a two-year, $825,000 deal, a contract that was negotiated by his current agent, Ron Weiss.
Last summer Dominic was scheduled to meet Andr� at a Montreal diner in hopes of settling their dispute. Andr� didn't show up. "It was sad for me," says Dominic. "I wanted my father back."
If you're among the legion of fans befuddled by the RT (regulation tie) column that the NHL added to its standings this season, you aren't alone. Even coaches, like the Flyers' Roger Neilson, have expressed dissatisfaction with the new standings format. Neilson, in fact, asked commissioner Gary Bettman to abolish it.
Under the revised rules a team gets a point when it finishes regulation time in a tie, even if it goes on to lose the game in overtime. The league's goal was to make OT more offense oriented—hence, more exciting—by not penalizing a team for falling in sudden death. All that was fine. The snag arose when it was decided that the standings would reflect the change by crediting a club that loses in overtime with a loss and a regulation tie, creating perplexing records. For example, the Oilers were an unsightly 8-12-6-4 (the 4 is the number of regulation ties) through Sunday, even though they were a .500 team, having earned 26 of a possible 52 points. To more accurately reflect that, Edmonton's record should have been expressed as 8-8-10.
Still perplexed? So are many other fans. The NHL should 86 the RT ASAP and go back to plain old W-L-T.