Mark Recchi's advice to players is to sign CBA now
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11-13-2012, 04:27 PM
Join Date: Mar 2007
He's right, the players are going to get paid handsomely either way.
The non-collusion nature of NHL ownership ensures a constantly hyper-competitive market for players as most teams basically want to get better. The fact that the NHL draws mediocre TV ratings only puts more pressure on GMs to have a good product on the ice, because the NHL is a gate-driven league. If your team's not good you're not even going to get 10,000 people showing up a night at $20 a pop unless you are in Canada.
The PA should've settled on 50-50 a long time ago, phased in gradually with the caveat that things like contract term and some level of front loading of deals be allowed to stay.
They could've avoided having the players to basically throw away 1/3-1/2 of their salary this season.
But noooooo. We had to lose a big chunk of the season, maybe even the entire season and the NHLPA is going to end up accepting 50-50 revenue split and a lot of what the owners want, everyone knows that.
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