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09-10-2004, 08:27 AM
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I'm not stupid enough to think that the owners didn't bring this on themselves... Hell, if they had shown some restraint then we wouldn't be in this mess... HOWEVER, they wouldn't have thrown the money out there like that if the players weren't demanding it, so the players have to take some blame for this too...

BUT the point is, regardless of who's fault it is that the league is "broken" and needs fixing, the main point is that is DOES NEED FIXING... We have blatant history showing that a free market system doesn't work in the NHL... Owners can't resist paying out the @ss for a player that they feel their team desperately needs, and the players know that so they hold out for that money, causing the owners to either ante up, or ice a less competitive team and feel the wrath of fans for not doing whatever it takes to win...

Linden's comments disgusted me... One line that I heard him say that really pissed me off was, "Our proposal today was the best chance we saw to save the hockey season." WHO CARES ABOUT THE DAMN HOCKEY SEASON!!! How about fixing the the problems at hand? If the season has to be sacrificed to get a system in place that allows all 30 teams to compete with each other and still turn a profit then so be it... It sounds like all Linden is concerned with is putting a band-aid on the situation so they can get playing again... That doesn't fix the issues...

The owners invest a TON of money into owning a team... And the players get rich... i don't see any reason why the owners shouldn't bring home a big profit themselves... they are the only ones really taking any risk in the situation... the players need to come to the reality that without the owners dishing out the cash they are to run these teams, these players would be playing for WAY less money in another league somewhere...

IMHO, this is what this all comes down to:

1) The players will never accept a hard salary cap...
2) The owners will never accept a luxury tax, UNLESS it is SO restrictive that it equates to a cap...
3) Both sides budge some or the NHL will fold after locking out for 2 or 3 years because neither side is going to give in to the other's demands as is...

I'd like to see a system that:

1) Involves a very strict luxury tax, starting at $35 million, taxing a team a dollar for every dollar they spend over the $35 million limit...
2) Reduced salary scale for rookies coming into the league seeing as they have yet to prove ANYTHING... Also, strict limitations put on bonuses paid out to rookies...
3) Either the end to salary arbitration, OR the teams have the right to bring a player to arbitration themselves just like the players have the right to bring their team to arbitration... Arbitration decisions made by people that know nothing about the game is one of the biggest weeknesses in the current system...
4) Raising the league minimum salary
5) Shortening the season to 72 games
6) Buyout of contracts dropped to 50%
7) Revenue sharing to help out the poorer teams
8) Force players to either play with wooden sticks or pay for their own composites... Their choice...
9) Unrestricted Free Agency age dropped to 29...

I know that my proposal has the players giving up a lot more than the owners, but that's pretty much the point... Right now it seams like the players are only willing to give something up if they get something back in return... Like in their proposal yesterday, they proposed less revenue sharing which would be good for the league, but to counter balance it, they raised the limit for the luxury tax... The players have to be willing to take several steps back to make the game healthy... I realize they don't want to do that and I understand, but it's what has to be done to fix the game...

It must be nice to play a game you love for a living, make millions upon millions of dollars doing so, and then have the balls to complain that you're not making enough money and screw your diehard fans by refusing to acknowledge the problems and fix the situation... I wish my balls were that big...

My biggest pet peeve with the game today:

Remember back in the day when trades were made based off player value and skill level instead of based on contracts? Those were the days... What I'd give to get back to that...


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