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09-19-2012, 01:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Drury_Sakic View Post
Easy, I have always thought the players should present this plan.

1) Keep Hockey Related Revenue as it is under the past CBA.

*Reason - What the players probably want in the end. Owners can also probably live with it.

2) Tier the players share down over 6 Years.

- 55% Year One
- 53.5% Year Two
- 52.5% Year Three
- 52% Year Four
- Set up independent authority to look at losses of the NHL. If more than 3 teams are losing more than 15 million a season, the players share ticks down 51% in Year Five and 50 in Year Six. If that situation does not exist, the share stays at 52% for the final 2 years.
- Mutual Option to Sign a 2 year extention if agreed to at the 52% level after Year Six.

* Slowly walks the players closer to the owners. Helps teams up at the cap to work down from it. Owners end up getting continued saftey net as the league moves forward. Players get assurance that the books have to be opened fully in year 5.

3) Salary Floor Drops by .2% for each of the first 5 years, bringing the floor down a small bit.

4) Allow teams to trade ONE player and pay half their pay. The team acquring the player would take on the full cap hit. A team may only take on or trade away one player at a time. If the player it traded again the full cap hit and salary bounces to the new team.

*Reason - Gives the expensive players out there a chance to keep playing and helps avoid AHL demotions. Also helps cash strapped teams add potentially impact players at a bargin price.

5) Teams can trade for extra cap space. Teams can trade for other teams cap space, 1st Round Pick gets you 2 million, 2nd gets you 1 million, 3rd 500k. Teams can only trade for cap space prior to the start of the season at the draft OR at the trade deadline. Picks can be from up to 3 drafts out. (maxing you out at an extra 3.5 million) Teams cannot trade for/away cap space in consecutive years.

* Reason - Allows teams that need to get a boost at the deadline to make a move. Also allows contending teams to possibly hold a roster together for one more season at the draft. Cost for the space is high enough to prevent teams doing it year after year after year. Players and some teams benefit here as it becomes easier for players to move to contenders. Helps teams rebuild. The limit to non-consecutive years helps prevent teams from consistantly living above the cap.The limiting dates potentially increases the entertainment value of the draft and deadline days.

6) Contract Term Limit to 8 years for players under 30 by July 1st. 6 years for players 30-34. 4 Years for players 35+.

* Reason - Prevents teams from loading deals to players in years that they probably will never play, i.e. age 40 + years....but still gives players the ability to sign lengthy deals that reward them and help teams manage cap hits.

7) UFA and Entry Level Deals remain the same.

8) Teams can buy out one player prior to the start of this season at the FULL salary, but ZERO cap hit. Buyout pay does not count towards players share. Player cannot play for the team they are bought out by for 1 season.

* Allows cap strapped teams a chance out of a bad deal....most cap strapped teams are not cash pay the full deal if you want out of your own cap hell.

Sign it and lets play hockey.

Why would any player who has to negotiate a contract in the next 4 years vote for that? and why would the 18 or so owners losing money agree to it?

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