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But I DO think the players are getting '****ed over' now. The owners found loopholes in the last CBA that put them right back into the same financial mess they were in before and now they want the NHLPA to ease the burden of their continued mismanagement.
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Here is the solution.. 8 year CBA deal...6 year max on contracts...2 year max contract for players 35 and older... ELT 4 years.. second contract up to 200% of ELT base for 3 year max. UFA at 28.. revenue sharing of 7% of each teams HRR phased in over 4 years (1,3,5,7). That revenue is then split 30 ways...
HRR Split NHL-PA, year 1 57%, year two 56%, year 3 54%, year 4 52 %, Years 5-8 50%
You as an owner would've not signed Jonathan Quick to the extension he got? we as fans would've been happy with that? after winning a cup?
The Kopitars, Quicks and Doughtys of this world are not the problem, the Bissonnettes of this world are the problem. The guy makes $750,000 for the next 2 seasons, why? because the cap and floor keep increasing with the revenue increasing.
When a company does well, the owner should be able to rip the bulk of the benefits, instead they have to take less and to remain competitive or within the rules they have to fork out more money. Some teams have to signed players to contracts they don't deserve or trade for players they don't even want to stay above the floor minimum.
I mean, making $750,000 to play the way Bissonnette plays and the kind of minutes and impact he can have in the playoffs is crazy. The NHLPA did that and the current structure will keep allowing that. They did not loose, they won. You draft, develop and then shortly after if there is any "possible" future you better pay "market" value or loose your investment to a higher bitter.
You sit behind that desk and try to run a team. Make decisions on a daily basis trying to stay competitive and cap smart. NOT EASY. Sure there are some crazy owners but some just cannot keep up. "The League" revenue went up but your team revenue did not, now the CBA tells you you have to spend more even though you lost a ton of money as it is, do I sell and run or what?
Since the last CBA roughly 30% of the teams have new ownership, why do you think that is? that means 30% of the owners are here negotiating for the first time. Do you think that, depending on their market, they may have some interest in better their possible return on investment. Do you think they may want to get their initial investment back just a bit quicker, say 4 years instead of 8 or 10 years.
First, having a problem with the players and their actions is an immediate response that only looks at day to day effect and impact on the sport. The players could quickly cave to the owners demands. But then, they could always do that- cave in and accept any offer the owners throw out there. And not just now, but for years to come. Where is the line?
On the other side, the owners are expected to be strategic in their vision for this sport. The players, in this case, are your tactical folks. The day to day folks. And while the NHLPA is also expected to be strategic on behalf of the players, the owners are truly the ones who can decide how this sport plays out in 3 years, 5 years, 10 years. NOT the players. The owners.
I am happy to assign immediate blame to both parties. But the owners have the burden on them of developing a long term strategy that creates a healthy and profitable league that rewards players and fans alike, and keeps the sport humming along with revenue and exposure to a broad audience. Does it seem like they (the owners) are doing that here to you? Cause I gotta tell ya, it sure doesn't look that way to me. Especially when considering the last, recent lock out and the course this whole thing has taken recently.