2012-13 Lockout Discussion Part VII: The Last Waltz "Cut the sheet & drop the puck!"
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11-16-2012, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by
Bleed Ranger Blue
Ahh, yes, the biggest misconception of them all - that the players got bent over last time. The NHL stuck it to them with the 24% rollback at the beginning of the last CBA, but thats about it. They operated under a deal where players garnered 57% of revenues - revenues that increased by over $1B since the last lockout. How is that getting bent over?
Bettman got his cap and thought he got his victory - in truth it was a very bad deal for the owners - especially the smaller market ones.
Actually, BEFORE the lockout of 04-05 the players earned 74% of hockey related revenue. So, yes, the players made major concessions - much of which they got back because of growth over the years.
That said, players on an individual basis, did not necessarily make more than they made 7 years ago. For instance, Bobby Holik, a 3rd line center, had just signed a deal with the Rangers that would have paid him 9 million annually. Nowadays, the younger versions of Holik, a guy like Brandon Dubinsky who is either a 3rd line C or a 2nd line right wing gets paid $4 a year and he's constant trade bait because $4 mil is too much for a 3rd line center under the salary cap. So, half the money, and much less job security. So, going to a cap and the roll back have had a major impact on half the leagues'
You can sit here and debate what the overall shares are for owners and players. But when you get into the details of it all, the 3rd and 4th line players and 3-6 Dmen around the league are just going to get squeezed more and more. Keep in mind, this cba is only a 5 year deal. if this keeps up, and the players keep making concessions, the heart and soul guys like Prust and Fedotenko will make a better living and have more longevity playing in Europe. At the end of the day, most of those guys have 5-7 years or so to make as much money as they can at the thing they do best in life.
And also keep in mind, if they pass the Wade Redden rule where AHL salaries over 125,000 will count against the cap, you can pretty much say goodbye to teams having any call-up depth in the minor leagues. All those AHL veterans that are the first call-ups like Newbury, Kolarik, Gilroy - they will almost all definitely leave for overseas. I know that doesn't seem like a big deal, but it is, when you consider that those vets have a huge impact on the development of high-end prospects playing in the A. There's a ton at stake for guys who aren't on the billboards.
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