Every year teams take advantage of the ability to hand out lengthy contract with declining salary into years everyone KNOWS the player has no intention of actually playing. Teams can add ridiculous signing bonuses knowing that a small market team will have great difficulty to match (see Flyer/Weber). The rich teams made a mockery of the salary cap. They quickly realized that they could still pay the players 10+ million a year while keeping the actual cap hit down to 7 or 8. The small market teams can't match contracts like that and most definitely can't build stacked contenders filled with those contracts.
The fact is the current CBA does need changes made to it to eliminate those loopholes. I'm not saying the owners are saints, but the players aren't either. They will do everything they can to create new loopholes so that salaries will continue to rise. The players proposed that rich teams could BUY cap space from small market teams in their counter offer. All that would do is diminish competitive balance and help salaries keep increasing.
Both sides are fighting for a bigger piece of the pie, that's how these things work. I think they'll get something done without losing any regular season games. Crossing my fingers on that one.
Wow, looks like he needs to start sporting a hat in the desert sun!
The Arizona Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling and ordered the tax initiative put on the November ballot. Looks like that's the end of Doan in Phoenix.
Doan to make decision before 9/15:
NHL.com - Report: Doan will make decision by Sept. 15 - NHL Free Agency 2012
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he should have signed his deal before these CBA talks started. Then again, maybe he's factoring in the potential 24% decrease.