Free Agency & General Offseason Thread Part IV: Will there be NHL hockey this year?
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08-10-2012, 08:41 PM
Join Date: Mar 2011
I don't really understand people's general resentment towards the league in these circumstances.
One thing I keep seeing from people and the media is:
If the league wants to lower pay rolls why are they offering up giant contracts?
If a set of rules is in place at the moment then a smart GM will do everything they can within their power to make the best possible team. Obviously if you have to pay a guy 100mil for 14 years to get him to play, and you can, then you will. If you don't then some other GM will, so of course you are going to do it, but that doesn't mean it is the best thing for the game. The entire point behind the owner's push for new rules is to eliminate the ability to do this which creates a level playing field between the teams.
Another thing I don't really understand is when people get all upset because the owner's demands will "anger" the players.
The owner's proposed a plan would see:
Long-term deals eliminated; lowering the potential to handcuff a team
Longer entry-level deals; meaning if you draft well you have better kids for a longer time
Restricted free agency moved up; meaning players can't up and leave early on
All of those things mean that the "TEAM" we cheer for is going to be in a better position, so who really cares about the players?
We might buy jerseys with the name of a certain player on the back, but usually we only like them because they play for the team on the front.
Sure players are the reason that the game is exciting, but the only reason they get paid huge amounts of money to play a kid's game is because the owners have the money to do so. I'm pretty sure a lot of the owners lose money on their teams and make their actual money through other business ventures. The players are the only ones that are solely dependent on the sport itself, so I'm not sure why I should side with the weaker side of the argument when by right they have the lower position to argue from.
In these circumstances I'm fully behind the league and ownership to do whatever they feel is best to support stable and profitable teams. Of course this should be taken within reason as I'm not saying the players should play for pennies.
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