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12-18-2012, 07:30 PM
Waiting on the Isles
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Originally Posted by Langway View Post
2005-2006: +0.40%
2006-2007: -2.76%
2007-2008: +0.48%
2008-2009: -12.90%
2009-2010: -9% [approximate, haven't seen precise figure]
2010-2011: -4.0%
2011-2012: -6-8% [reportedly between that range]

That's the history of salary percentage either forfeited or gained under the past CBA due to the agreed upon linkage between player salaries and Hockey Related Revenue. The concept of full face value contracts died in the NHL seven years ago. The buyout mechanism renders it subject to further important agreed upon caveats.

Given that seemingly secondary concerns like term limits on future contracts, transition rules and CBA length are now at the forefront of disagreement it's a matter of the players realising when to cut their losses. Some, like Hamrlik, are able to see beyond the corner but the majority seem fairly vindictive. Both sides are waiting for the other to break while all that's being strained is fan patience/goodwill and the partnership needed for growth. You'd have to think it's going to be an 11th hour agreement, if there's one at all. The tenor from the beginning has suggested it.
In keeping things apples to apples, I don't see how the NHLPA can accept further erosion of the guaranteed contract without concessions from the owners on its corollary - liberalization of the labor market (within the confines of the cartel).

If they get earlier free agency and the ability to holdout to restructure a deal or force a trade, it's gonna suck for fans. Increased player movement is good in theory, but in practice, I can see superstars moving around every year and the same 7 or 8 franchises monopolizing the market for top talent.

It works for football where players have short careers and the long term deal still exists, but for a sport where players can stay among the league leaders into their 40s its gonna be weird.

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