NHLPA fires Paul Kelly (UPD: player review of firing completed)
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08-31-2009, 12:24 PM
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If you did a poll and asked the players whether they would take that deal, or have gone through another year of lockout, what do you think they would do? They voted on the deal in 2005, and ratified it overwhelmingly.
They are getting paid more on average now than they were before the lockout. The dynamic has changed, with younger players getting a bigger piece of the pie, but those changes are the result of concessions won by the players. I'm sure the owners would be very happy to bump the age of free agency back up to 31.
Sidney Crosby could be getting much more than $8.7 right now if he wanted to. It was his choice to take a reduced contract. Not a very good poster boy for your argument.
Yes they did vote overwhelmingly in 2005 in favor of that deal. Why? Because they let the "I just want to play hockey" mentality override business sense. Bob Goodenow got them everything they ever wanted, but when the time came to actually stand up to keep it, they said, "no we want to play hockey, see ya later Bob." Then they come to find out that they made a big mistake hiring Saskin, and signing a deal he negotiated with the adversary with whom he was quite buddy buddy.
Your use of mean average is quite a misleading number(as mean average tends to be). Pittsburgh's average salary, assuming 20 players is $2.835 million. Except when you look at it, 4 players are making nearly half that money. I have no problem with younger players getting a bigger piece of the pie if they are better, but 20% of the players are making half the money.
Crosby is the perfect poster boy for the argument. The most he could possibly make is $9.6 under the current deal, and the team has little room for enough other good players if they wish to be competitive. Your idea of choice is like chooing between a revolver or a glock to be the gun that shoots you. He had nowhere near the kind of choice you wish to have people believe he did. Without the cap he makes significantly higher money *and* Pittsburgh can get someone better than Bill Guerin to flank him. Crosby's choices and salary were both limited.
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