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09-26-2004, 08:16 PM
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Originally Posted by DementedReality
why wont the owners negotiate a soft cap ? is that not progress and moving away from "staus quo".

GoCoyotes made a good suggestion I think and it might be middle ground.

comments ?


"A cap that only affected players not developed by the team they play on seems like the best solution to me. If a player has played 10 years for the same team, or if that player has played their entire NHL career for the same team they should not count against the cap. The 10 year tenure with the team could be considered a franchise player exemption, and the entire NHL career could be considered a developmental exemption. Then of course you have to look at the total teams should be able to spend by acquiring players via trades and free agency. By limiting this, you are decreasing the cases where a player holdouts for a trade to make more money because if he is traded he would count towards a cap. You also decrease the money that can be spent on free agents, so that brings that market level down a notch as well. It still leaves an open end for the market as a whole for salaries to grow and players to make their money, but it ensures that owners spend the money in the right places, not just buying up players from poorer teams as it occurs now."
Let me start by saying that even though I'll defend a hard cap until I'm blue in the face, I've always thought and said that the best plan would be a soft cap that helped teams retain players.

That said, I don't like GoCoyotes plan. Frankly, it's unreasonable. It puts incredibly too much emphasis on player development. Why should a team be punished because he traded for a player or signed a player? Aren't those two ways that a GM would generally go about improving his team?

The best type of soft cap would be one where a player's cap hit drops as the number of years he has been with an organization increases where, for players drafted by the organization, the first year would be the season following his draft.

I don't remember the exact numbers, but at one time I posted a system that was roughly:

1st year - 100% cap hit
2nd year - 98%
3rd year - 95%
4th year - 90%
5th year - 85%
6th year - 80%
7+ years - 75%

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