some CBA thoughts
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10-01-2003, 05:09 PM
Join Date: Mar 2003
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here's an idea I've had for a CBA "solution", just looking for some feedback. Personally I'm not sure the whole thing has to be rewritten, just a few parts here and there.
Keep the current CBA, with the following changes:
(1) Initial contract performance bonuses capped at 1.5 mil total per season, or the level of performance bonuses would be raised (from 20 goals to 25, 60 points to 70, etc) with no limits on rookie bonuses. Rookie cap tied to draft position, but will start at a significantly higher amount than the current 1.2 (thereabouts) per season. Maybe #1 overall is worth 1.9 mil cap, 2-3 1.85 mil, 4-8 1.8 mil, and so on (in some form, not necessarily following that pattern exactly.
(2) Draft age raised to 19, via an agreement in the CBA. No more opting in, everyone is eligible at age 19, and every player HAS to be drafted to play before age 22, after which time everyone (Europeans included) are strictly UFA's. All rookie contracts to be 3 years long for drafted players.
(3) Arbitration starts for everyone at age 22
(4) Qualifying offer is 75% of the previous contract
(5) UFA age drops to 29
any dollar spent above $52 mil (just an initial guess at a number) has to be matched on a dollar for dollar basis and will go into a pot to be split equally amongst all 30 NHL teams.
- calculated based on the cost of a team's roster per game, summed for all 82 games.
since teams will be receiving 1/30 of their own money back, plus a share of whatever other teams spend above the threshold, it would have the effect of lowering the dollar per dollar contribution to effectively something lower, maybe 80-90 cents on the dollar.
- higher draft age means more certainty in the player quality you are receiving, important when you are shelling out the big bucks
- can cut salary of overpaid players via 75% qualifying offer, which IMO is one of the main problems with the current CBA
- no hard cap, teams with big money can still go ahead and spend it if they have it
- lower UFA age, more freedom for players
- guaranteed contracts still exist
- earlier arbitration
Any thoughts? I'm sure I've missed some things, but here's hopefully a decent start anyways.
Maybe Iím dreaming but I still have a problem with paying players Millions of dollars before they play one game. A few hundred thousand should be plenty for any player to start out playing. I would also remove the clauses that allow players to become free agents before they sign similar to what Comrie threatened the Oilers with. Starting players should have very little choice in which they break into the league with. This way a team could build by the draft again, so even if you are not the richest team, there is still a chance of winning it all through good management. I have no problem with players becoming free agents after a certain age, say the age it should be old enough that a last place team has a chance of hanging on to people long enough to challenge for the cup again. Effectively cycling from one end of the spectrum to the other. The other issue which has been addressed somewhat in the previous CBA's is the difference between the Canadian and US dollar. If the differential becomes to high a factor has to kick in to even things up.
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