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11-21-2012, 01:20 AM
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Originally Posted by LyricalLyricist View Post
The owners have given the players good benefits. Practice facilities, first class flights and others aren't necessities. Sure, it helps their product but they care about their assets.
Pensions are for players after they stop playing, when they are no longer assets, very different from first class flights and practice facilities.

Originally Posted by LyricalLyricist View Post
It still doesn't help NHLPA's cause. Right now guys like redden don't eat up cap, later they will and it means less for NHL roster players(assuming redden was down, but he'll be up).
It is a negotiation process, and in general the union is willing to give and take where appropriate.

However, I don't think there's that much giving in this particular item. If you were a player, would you not give up ~<1.0 % of your total salary, if it reduced the specter of being sent to the brig? Think of it as the cost of insurance.

Further, they are removing the salaries of regular AHL players from HRR. Let's say you have guys in the AHL making a total of 1 million/year/team, that means for every team an additional $500,000 is available to the pro players. That's much less than the Redden contracts, but there are not that many Reddens, and we will now see fewer Redden-type moves anyway.

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