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The HRR is a beautiful thing as well and yes it is 57% but it covers all player comp - not just salaries, but bonuses, amounts received by injured players and contract buyouts further eroding the amount of money available for real salaries. Meanwhile the team revenues - ticket prices, parking, beer and food prices - are all subject to supply and demand to the point now that revenues are at roughly $3B. The other amazing concession ownership got that everyone forgets is the Escrow account, which allows the owners money coverage - funded by the players salaries - if they can't control their own spending habits. Does anyone remember what the start of 2011 estimate of spending over the cap? It started at 17% and granted it ended at 6% - the point is the same. The owners reckless spending habits are funded by the players - um ... Ed Snyder, Paul Holgren and the rest of the leagues big spenders sure don't care a lick how their spending habits cause issues for the Phoenix Coyotes or Carolina Hurricanes but Philly's revenues allow for this kind of reckless behavior. Goodenow is famous for telling a story of how an owner told him what a hardy laugh they all enjoy every time the Escrow account topic comes up. The owners are amazed the players not only gave ownership total control of operating and labor costs but committed to funding any over runs they incur.
Look, in the past I have been on ownerships side looking for the integrity of the game. But now it has tipped too far the other way. Who plays this wonderful game we all love? It sure isn't the owners. And now after those players have elevated the game and assisted in bringing revenues to never before seen levels the ownership/league says they need more concessions? I just don't get it and want to see the players back on the ice.
Last edited by roenick; September 30th, 2012 at 02:03 PM.
The fans are at fault. Stop being enablers and nut up. These two sides know that the fans will be crawling back when and if this is resolved. Nobody has the balls to show their displeasure by not showing up or not to purchase NHL merchandise or anything related to the NHL. The players and owners know that we will be crawling back to the gates as if we are the ones that are at fault. Woops, I guess we are.
Last edited by Ice24; September 30th, 2012 at 03:08 PM.
It's time to do away with Free Agency.
I think the solution for MUCH of the problems in the NHL today is the creation of a second contract. An agreement that a second contract can't be longer than, say, 4 years and can't be more than, say 2 1/2 times what the player entry level deal is. Second contracts are what are killing the small market teams and will continue thanks to the owners giving back years in order to obtain what they argued was cost certainty.
There's no way players should be able to command massive contracts at age 22-23 when they are still in the "potential" bracket for the most part.
This also rewards teams form smart management - both with the salary cap AND their drafting/scouting ability.