The lockout thread
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10-08-2012, 01:38 PM
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The teams have to put the offer sheets on the table to be signed in the first place. It's nice and all for the players to make salary demands, there's nothing that says any team needs to meet them.
Except for the cap floor. Teams have to meet that, so they have to spend money. Plus, there's always the murky cloud of collusion hanging over everything if salaries don't go up.
Everyone looks for the loopholes during the lifetime of the CBA. GM's and agents try to figure out how to get around the rules every time a contract needs to be signed. Owners are required to spend at least a certain amount of money, which they themselves agreed to do. Players never sign a lower paying deal for "the good of the game", and if they so sign for less somewhere, it's not for
much less, and it probably has more to do with life outside of hockey than within it.
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