So who is bummed about the lockout? II
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11-12-2012, 06:50 PM
Join Date: May 2010
Don't get me wrong. I've been on the league's side ever since the NHLPA outright trashed the re-alignment plans a year before any negotiations were allowed (again, by the PA) to start.
Normally, everything that has been proposed by the NHL has made sense, but this one doesn't.
Why? How does this help them?
The only way that I can see that it helps them is that it does, in fact, screw over the players. Particularly, the forwards...
Forwards tend to start falling off after 30. Defensemen and goalies have shown time and again that after 30, they are just as good, if not better.
leaving the UFA age at 27, setting max contract length at 7 years with 5% variance, and leaving the ELC at 3 years, really puts the onus on the GMs and owners to police themselves.
If a player enters the league at 18 + 3 + 7, that puts them a year passed free agency as defined in the 05 CBA.
hell, like i posted earlier, i'd even drop the term limit entirely.
i just don't get the benefits of a COMPLETE overhaul, when they can't even agree on a definition of how to split HRR... /sigh
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