Hockey

Ducks ask Kariya to take pay cut

Paul Kariya may have helped his Anaheim Mighty Ducks get to the Stanley Cup final, but he's not going to get a pay raise for his efforts.

According to the cable sports television station Sportsnet, the Ducks have asked their captain to take a pay cut.

Kariya is eligible to become an restricted free agent on July 1.

The Ducks have the exclusive right to re-sign the 28-year-old winger until the free-agent deadline and are using their position to negotiate a cheaper contract.

If Kariya doesn't agree to a pay cut, the Ducks have until June 30 to make a qualifying offer.

Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, the Ducks would have to offer Kariya at least a one-year deal and match the $10 million US he made last season or risk losing him as an unrestricted free agent.

With a qualifying offer in place, Kariya can entertain deals from other teams but the Ducks have the right to match the deal or receive some compensation.

Kariya has spent his entire nine-year career with the Ducks, compiling 300 goals and 669 points in 606 games.