NHLPA fires Paul Kelly (UPD: player review of firing completed)
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08-29-2009, 10:05 AM
Join Date: Nov 2004
The sad part is that whoever is behind this faction, assuming the escrow and cap setting issues are factors, really doesn't get it. Sure, there is a trend towards longer contracts for key players, but I'd gander that even the majority of better players are not on ten year contracts-- or anything close to it. One only has to look at the squeeze on UFA's and some RFA's this year in order to get a full roster. Several players got raises, but the cap did not. Ergo, someone else has to take a cut. That's before we ever get to escrow retention rates as part of consideration.
Thus, it truly does benefit all players to maximize the cap level each year, and then just deal with escrow.
If these guys cannot figure that out, they have no chance
at any table where Bettman and Daly are sitting on the opposite side.
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