Bob McKenzie: NHL doesn't need max contract length
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11-15-2012, 04:07 AM
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Bob McKenzie, in his latest article on TSN.ca, states that, with the salary cap + a 50-50 split of HRR, the league doesn't need max contract lengths of 5 years. He says the players, however, should accept a max 5 percent variance in contracts to prevent cap circumvention.
He makes an additional point that the league should have made their offer of covering the Make Whole back in October when there was still a chance of an 82 game season. Their concession of covering $149M in the first year would have made up the difference if we're talking revenues based on this full season projection.
He explains it very well here:
I wonder where we'd be if the NHL didn't decide to just play in the park until November and seriously got down to it with their first offer, or October at the very least.
I wonder whete we'd be if the NHLPA sat down with the league a year ago... When the NHL said it was ready to talk.
But seriously, since the NHL is up to a point where the are past the give and take, and that the NHLPA is still trying to stand ground... We would probably be in the same position no matter when they started talking.
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