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09-16-2004, 03:00 PM
I in the Eye
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Originally Posted by Tom_Benjamin
The owners can't do it because they are supposed to be 30 competing businesses who are supposed to compete for labour. They can't have a salary cap - unless the players agree - because it is an illegal restraint of trade.
bull****... The NHL is not a market or an industry... The NHL is a franchisee that operates in the professional hockey industry... The franchises operate under the franchisee... Nothing 'legal' says that the individual franchises should be competing for labour (other than the current CBA)... All the franchises belong and operate under the same company!!!

It's legal in a business, you know, for the owners of that business to dictate what the employee salaries will be... The NHL can have the harshest of salary caps - and the lowest of wages - as long as they meet the minimum requirements and employee benefits of the law... Minimum wage... If the employee doesn't like the salary, they can move on to another company... In this case, if the player doesn't like what the 'NHL defined' salary is, the player is free to play in the AHL, Europe, etc...

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