NHLPA scoring system revealed
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11-08-2004, 11:51 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
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No, but they use each other's contracts to collude to get a higher pay. Which is what is wrong with the free market system. Agents for two players in two markets like Edmonton and NY are looking for the same money regardless of one's ability to pay over another.
first this isn't something new, it is just a more advanced way of doing it and most of the info used is public knowledge so they aren't exchanging secret info...
second, comparing a player to a handful of other players and asking for a similar salary is NOT collusion, it is called finding fair market value...if all 700 players refused to sign for less then $2 mil each then that would be one thing, but that isn't what is happening...
third, how can the players collude when they don't determine the salary level?? the only thing the players do is determine their asking price and then the owners either give it to them or they don't...asking for more $$ isn't collusion it is called negotiation and if the owner gives them that $$ thats the owners fault. the nhlpa could set iginla's 'marketvalue' at $20 mil, does that mean a team has to give him that?? no
last, bill daly stated that the league has similar technology but the nhlpa uses it better...you can't fault the nhlpa for being more intelligent and better prepared when it comes to contract negotiations. its the agent's job to get his client the best deal possible, so don't fault the agents for doing their jobs well, fault the owners for not being smart enough to get people in place to counter what the player agents are doing to get the best deal possible for the club...instead when agents say jump, the gm says 'how high?' and hands over the $$ with a signing bonus on top. that isn't the agents fault
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