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11-03-2012, 04:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Fugu View Post
Fehr has to represent the interest of professional hockey players bargaining with the NHL. As such, he represents an entity that values and wants certain things. At this point in time, from their messages, I would glean that those things are:

*50/50 split of current HRR definition as long as the legacy contracts are honored
*As few restrictions and take-backs on things important to every single player in his attempt to maximize his career earnings and potential, ergo contract term limits, UFA age, ELC and arbitration matters.It's not just about the figures this year (mossey), it's about the ability of each player who has yet to negotiate a new contract to do so under as few restrictions and income-suppressing options as possible ----- within the constraints of a cap system.

As the owners have their cap and cost certainty, they shouldn't care one iota about the other things--- as a group.

Then why hasent the PA done much to adress those issues. If they got to the table they could negotiate some of these restrictions away but Fehr seems to be content in not doing much of anything right now. Lets look at what they might be able to get from these salary structure issues.

5 year max contracts (NHL would probably be willing to go to 7)

This is why this is important to most owners:

First contracts are only insurable up to 7 years so a cap at 7 years would protect the owners in the case of a career ending injury on the player.

Second it prevents the big market teams from offering long term front loaded deals that give them an unfair advantage. This would allow for more pariety as more markets would be able to be in on FA. This could also work in the players favor as more teams would be able to bid.

UFA at 8 years of service (Will probably go back to 7): This really can't go much lower than it currently is. It starts to hurt the players as well as the teams if it decreases much further. You will see teams hold back their young talent for much longer and teams may not invest in developing project type players due to a shorter window of control.

The othere issues like entry level and arbitration are things that I'm sure the league has no issue keeping the same.

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