Owners cannot legally 'control' themselves with contracts
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10-29-2012, 04:32 PM
Join Date: Apr 2002
I believe Daly has said they anticipated the large front loaded and cap circumventing deals. The question is why were those allowed in the first place is a valid one but one that is likely to do with the internal workings of the NHL owners at the time. Trying to address that potential issue may not have had the necessary support at the time. The cap did and linkage did but going further may have been going too far too fast. That support for these further changes may currently be present given there are no some real examples of this practice that (arguably) hurt the integrity of the entire system. Teams that figured they'd be doing well are not doing as well as they hoped and fear getting exploited in a way Nashville nearly was exploited.
in short I don't think it's a case the NHL didn't see some of this coming but rather they didn't have the support to go in that direction at the time.
The one thing they've said they did not anticipate is the same things most companies didn't anticipate the last handful of year...the increasing costs of doing business even with increasing revenues. They likely also didn't anticipate the CAD dollar getting so strong, so fast and throwing things out of whack.
They've seen these things now and the owners have gotten a taste of the loopholes they knew they left. The CBA is done so now is the ONLY time they have to truly address these economic issues.
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