Lockout thread #2: mediation done - no progress
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11-30-2012, 01:25 PM
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Interest would plummet in those markets. With some divisions potentially resembling "relegation"
Even if 20M salary is the case we're speaking in those teams of quas AHL lineups and fans prudent enough to recognize it as such.
The NHL is much more a 20 player TEAM game and if anything it tends to be depressing experience watching an opposing team come in and chronically beat up the local side. Welcome to the 90's here with the "Premium dates" just requiring greater dosage of antidepressants..I went to a lot of those games in the 90's partly due to the fascination of what had so quickly come and gone. To dynasty to Shane Corson etal.
Agreed that hockey depends on 20 player teams instead of star players like the NBA. But I strongly suspect that we won't be seeing AHL quasi player as the best player on the team. We already have AHL quasi players now on the Oilers and other teams.
I recall the 1990s Oilers and remember when other teams bought our best players (Weight, Cujo etc.) But its a different hockey world now. The United States is hurting economically and post lockout I suspect a fair number of American teams will be hurting.
I suspect that there will be five or six big market teams with huge resources, and then everyone else will either be in the Middle rung (second tier) or third tier where there isn't that much discrepancy in team salaries. I don't think there's enough huge money U.S. teams like there were in the 1990s to buy out the Doug Weight and Curtis Joseph of today.
It could be NYR, Toronto with $100 million plus team salaries, Montreal, Philly, Boston at $70 million, then a fair amount of teams around the $40 to 50 million and a five or six teams at a level below that.
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