The NHL needs non-guaranteed contracts!
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09-12-2004, 12:14 PM
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Wyoming, MN
15% buyouts, unrestricted free agency starts at the end of the rookie contract, some sort of luxury tax. That's what I'd be tempted try right now. At least for a couple of seasons, just to see what happens.
- 15% buyouts gives teams a bit of incentive to keep a guy under contract even if his performance drops a bit, but doesn't make buying him out so painful that they wouldn't do it. Maybe try 10% or 20%.
- UFA after rookie contract will put plenty of players on the market, making it much more free, and salaries will drop considerably for all but the top-end players.
- Some sort of luxury tax will benefit the teams with responsible ownership when the rich teams go spend-crazy on free agents.
Yeah, the rich teams will hog many of the top players. It's not perfect. I don't think there is a good solution.
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