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06-19-2005, 12:00 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
I dont. No one knows. No one knows anything but rumour, and there is a lot of speculation floating around. I'm certain at least half of the numbers we are throwing up in the air are wrong.
That said, The reasoning goes like this: The league will get its salary cap. It is highly unlikely that there will be a salary cap over 40 milion dollars, therefore there needs to be some sort of mechanism to get teams payrolls under that cap. Without the roll back for example, no one would have any cap room, and the free agent market, which will probably be the largest in NHL history, will have no money left. No big market clubs would have any cap room, no small market clubs the budget for free agents. Guys like Forsberg and Pronger would suddenly find themselves earning less than one or two million dollars, while talented middle class players would only be able to earn the leaugue minimum.
The 24% roll back was originally a PA offer to the league, which the league appropriated into its subsequent offers back to the PA. It therefore seems like a reasonable conclusion that the roll back would find its way into the final compromise.
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