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10-27-2012, 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Fugu View Post
The owners' end game is:

*48-50% share of HRR, preferably with some things redefined
*Term limits to contracts
*End to cap massaging techniques above and beyond the term limits (variance of contract value year to year)
*End to burying contracts in other leagues (cap circumvention)
*Count any NHL team contract against the cap no matter where the player is playing
*Change in UFA age, redo of ELC to squeeze in more salary restraints
*Some increase in RS if the big teams get to keep even more money
That's what it is now, but the NHLPA made them shoot in the dark with their first offer because there was no dialog between the two sides. The owners were afraid of what Fehr was going to do, they were worried that he was going after the cap and they were right. They had to send a crap first offer to set the bar really low.

If the NHLPA had made an equally ridiculous offer based on the linkage, the two sides would have negotiated and we would all be watching NHL hockey right now.

Instead, Fehr went after escrow and was only willing to give some percentage back if the revenues continued to grow at record rates. He never offered really dollars, only a potential percentage. Getting rid of escrow is the first step in eliminating the cap system.

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