Going over each point there is a lot of ground the owners are failing to notice or simply failing to acknowledge.
Revenue split roll back:
Dropping the cap floor would work far more effectively. Setting it to about 38-40 million and letting the ceiling rise will have a better regulating effect on salaries than just dropping the ceiling with a rollback. Better still, it allows teams more room to pay entry level players and role players like role players. Stars who hit UFA status can be paid 8 to 15 million a year if you you’re not paying third line wingers who play twelve minutes a night four million. Multiple stars. There will be less European talent staying in Europe, and less chance of the KHL or other leagues expanding to North America.
Contract length limits:
Don’t let your general manager give out long contracts. Just like might not allow more than one no movement clause or more than two or three no trade clauses. It’s your team, run it your way. Some players however can be counted on to play well even if they have a “lifetime contract”. I doubt anyone sees Jonathan Toews putting on forty pounds and no longer backchecking if he signs an eight year contract. I don’t think Shea Weber will start showing up to the rink and doing the morning skate with a 40 of Natty Ice if he gets an eight year contract. Are some players slugs? Sure. But offering a contract to any given player isn’t something a team is forced to do. Is there a risk a player will go elsewhere for two more years on deal? Yes of course, but all business is risk. Have the right environment and the type of players who it takes to win will stick to it.
Elimination of signing bonuses:
This is honestly the most silly. For entry level contracts there is a good reason for them. Teenagers have no or limited credit, and buying a house or condo or renting an apartment requires a credit check in most places. If you don’t pass, you don’t buy or rent, or do so at a much higher price. For older players, they should be like NMC’s or long term; given to players who are worth it only.
This one is self defeating for owners. It makes trading players who may have been eclipsed by younger players harder. Yes it will allow other teams to sign $100million contracts worth 80 million in the first 5 years and 20 in the last 10 to spend cap dollars and not real dollars, or trade the cap space to other teams, but it allows all thirty teams the same room.
Five Year Entry Level:
This is another one of those things that is self defeating. A player on a three year deal knows every game counts. Telling your aver 18 year old “Yep if you suck this year, in 5 years when you don’t have arbitration we’re gonna hold it against you.” isn’t going to do much to motivate them to improve day over day, week over week, and year over year. It can’t, it won’t. Now, a minimum of two years played full time in the NHL until expiration or three full years in the AHL/ECHL is saner.
Next post on the CBA will be a same middle ground and or counter proposals for the NHLPA.