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02-11-2005, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Dar
There's nothing for them to be afraid of. It's common knowledge that their proposal won't have a chance to prove it'll work.
Even Burke acknowledges that. This opportunity that you speak of will be nullified the minute they start skating. Even with the 24% rollback more than 3 teams will be above $42 million, trigger. There'll be more than 33% payroll disparity between the top 3 teams and the bottom 3 teams, trigger. The NHL's own calculations in their rejection of the PA's proposal had the PA at 56.6% of the league revenues with the 24% rollback, trigger. The NHL in the same rejection showed that total NHL player costs for 04-05 would be immediately 1.2064 billion which averages out to $40.21 million per team, trigger.

So, how exactly can the PA prove their system works when it isn't given a chance to get off the ground in the first place. The only thing that happens is that the owners get the advantage of the full 24% rollback on top of their induced system. The PA's proposal is workable when some major revisions are made to it. IMO, it has been the only negotiable offer since talks began.
Correct ..

and the key to all these triggers to start with is that they do not accurate measure the success or failure of the NHLPA proposal but in fact the Owners ..

The players system didn't say that the difference between the top and bottom in payroll could only be X % amount .. They said here is 24% back spend it wisely..and that all teams are at different stages so you will have Salary disparity but not success disparity if you choose to.

They didn't say no team could not go over $42 million .. Their system suggests a luxury tax beginning at $42 mil level and the money paid in fines goes to the small market teams to slow down big market owner spending .. .

The players system was a completely different attempt to correct the market and its success or failure as you point out is not only IMMEDIATE FAILURE based on the NHL triggers but the measures of success are not even relevant to testing it ..

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