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10-01-2003, 04:53 AM
Need a slump buster
Join Date: Mar 2002
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How would you measure that? Would it be based on previous year's spending? Doesn't it make it very difficult for a smaller market team to lower their payroll because of market factors. Take a team with a payroll of $35 million, which has remained at the same level for a number of years, how has been receiving a $5 million dollar payment from the luxury tax in each of these three years. Let's say that the team's players start declining because of age, and that they want to re-build, and that their local economy has taken a hit, so that rebuilding process will require a $4 million reduction in payroll as they get younger. The team has every intention bringing payroll back up once their younger players develop.
Under your system, they would not be allowed to lower their payroll, even though it's the smart hockey decision. This team would continue to maintain a $35 million dollar payroll even though it's not money well spent
Personally, I'm not a fan of mandating spending by the smaller market teams. We've seen quite a few teams manage to achieve success with small payrolls, and I think that it many situations, teams that would have to spend money wouldn't necesarrily improve their teams.
My preference is that teams that receive money are forced into achieving certain performance requirements. In order to receive the money you must, for example, have reached the playoffs at least once in the last 3 years, or won a playoff round at least once in the last 5.
This lets each team decide on what the optimal payroll should be for their team, while still ensuring that they remain competitive.
Just my 2 cents.
I would be really hard to regulate. But it's better than a small market owner pocketing all that money, and still selling off his star players. And crying broke.
MLB has a simular system, where the cheap owners just pocket the Yanks money. And continue to give away all there players. It's best for the fans of the NHL for these teams to do something to keep these players.
Besides putting money back into their teams is more than just NHL payroll. Hiring better scouts/coaches, including full time European scouts. Signing prospects earlier, even if they play in the AHL. Cover loses if they are running in the red. Make the arena safer. Give money to local charities to help expand the game. It can be done.
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