CBA Talk II: Shut up and give me YOUR money!
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10-29-2012, 04:16 PM
dave babych returns
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A team being budget conscious and spending their money wisely is not collusion, it's running their business well. You know, what people usually have to do for their business to make money.
Yeah but you have a salary cap floor, you have a threshold you must meet to qualify for revenue sharing, you have season ticket holders clamoring to know why you "wisely" chose to sit on $10m of cap space this season..
Teams can't just choose to become or remain terrible because they wish to opt out of the free agent marketplace. And most teams can't drive down the cost of the free agents they sign (like the Canucks do) by emphasizing the benefits of the organization and team.
The fact is that some of the teams with the dumbest looking contracts out there (Colorado - David Jones and PA Parenteau making $4m each, Florida - Upshall, Kopecky, Jovanovski and Kuba combining for almost $15m, Ottawa - Sergei Gonchar, $5.5m) have signed all those deals are would still have been just barely above the floor this season under the now expired CBA.
There is a limited amount of talent available to teams and an inflating amount of money that has to be paid out by each team; those teams can't just hold out for better players to sign with their money becasue a. that money has to get spent and b. I'm sure for the few top flight players that hit free agency, Colorado or Florida or Ottawa are not even in their top ten destinations.
Some teams can consistently sign great value contracts in free agency by being seen as top tier franchises but by definition the entire league can't do that - a consistent refusal by all teams to sign inflated contracts could only be achieved by collusion in the marketplace.
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