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06-19-2005, 10:43 AM
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Some interesting things in Larry Brooks Article:http: //

Salary Range
The club payroll range for next season is expected to be established at a ceiling of $39.5M and a floor of $22.5M, but with player benefits estimated at $2.2M per in all previous documents included within those numbers. Accounting for all ancillary included costs, the 2005-06 club payroll floor could actually be as low as $18M, with the high at approximately $35M.
BARRING AMENDMENT, the new NHL's new collective bargaining agreement will contain a transitional provision allowing teams to buy out players over a defined period this summer without having the 67 percent cost charged against their respective caps, sources close to the negotiations have told Slap Shots. Teams exercising that option, however, will be prohibited from re-signing those players.

All existing contracts and qualifiers will contain the 24-percent rollback first offered by the union last Dec. 9 as a mechanism to avoid taking a hard cap. Buyouts, therefore, will be calculated as two-thirds of 76 percent of the original value of a contract.
Revenue Sharing
No small thing, the CBA will feature revenue sharing over the life of the agreement that's measurably greater than the league's large-revenue clubs are comfortable with.
UFA and Unsigned picks
All 2004-05 contracts will be eliminated entirely. Unrestricted free agency will apparently remain at 31 this summer, though the age is expected to be incrementally reduced to 28 over the life of the deal. Entry Level compensation will be severely reduced, though it seems as if there will be provisional allowances for those previously drafted but unsigned.

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