2012-13 Lockout Discussion Part VII: The Last Waltz "Cut the sheet & drop the puck!"
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11-16-2012, 12:30 PM
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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'
Holik wasn't a 3rd line center when he signed with the Rangers.
And it's not really fair a solid comparison--Holik vs. Dubinsky. Dubinsky's contract covers two years of RFA years and two years of UFA years. Holik was a UFA signing back when the age was 31, and there was less UFAs on the market. Also I can't think of a similar contract given to a player like Holik in those days, so the contract was really an outlier.
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