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09-18-2012, 12:15 AM
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Here is one I have---it involved a hybrid soft/hard cap in it, designed to hold the player's share to about 50-52 percent.

1. There would be a 10 percent rollback in salaries for all players.
2. The hard cap would be set at $63M US.
3. The salary floor would be set at 60 percent of the hard cap.
4. There would be a soft cap set at 87.5 percent (7/8) of the hard cap. Spending between the soft cap and the hard cap would be subject to a to-be-determined luxury tax which could then help out the smaller-market teams.
5. One-way multi-year contracts buried in the AHL would have half of the average value per year count against the NHL cap.

If every team spent to the soft cap but not above, that would be about a 50/50 split. It is clear that the salary floor has gotten out of control.

Now, non-cap related stuff:
1. UFA status could not come before age 26 with at least 7 years of service time, or age 29 (regardless of service time) unless not tendered a qualifying offer. (Jordan Staal was set to, before he signed a 10-year extension, become an unrestricted free agent at age 24.)
2. Each ELC would be for 4 years.
3. Service time calculations for purposes of free agency would change to reflect the amount of days spent on an NHL roster. A full NHL season is 192 days long, and a player could earn a maximum of 172 days of service time in a year. 172 days would count as a year (this is almost exactly how service time in Major League Baseball is calculated, except that their season is 182 days long and a 20-day window is built in). Season-opening injured reserve players would not get service time; players injured during the season would accrue service time while on the injured list. LTIR rules would remain the same.
4. Players whose contracts expire, but who do not have 3 years 0 days minimum of service time would have their contracts renewed with a 10 percent raise. Arbitration would only be available for players with 3 years 0 days or more of service time who are not eligible for UFA status.
5. The amount of players on an NHL roster at any one time would be reduced to 22 (essentially a 13th forward and a 7th defenseman), except for the Christmas demotion freeze, for emergency recalls for a 48-hour period, and after a team's AHL affiliate is eliminated from the playoffs.
6. Contracts after the ELC expires could be for no longer than 6 years.
7. Multi-year contracts running past the age of 37 would have the entire average value of the contract count against the cap after the age 36 season, even if they took effect before age 35. Over-35 rules would continue to apply; the only relief in either case would be the Long-Term Injured Reserve.

This could certainly be built on.

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