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12-20-2012, 04:32 PM
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Had the NHL gotten the cap they wanted back in 94-95, before salaries started to skyrocket, maybe some of those teams don't move. Although 3 of the teams that moved were WHA teams, which were second class citizens from the moment they entered the league.
From the beginning, expansion accelerated NHL salary growth, simply because of the dynamics of a free market system.
Had the league got the cap they wanted in 94-95, the end game would have been the same, timing potentially even the same.
The NHL players were going to realize at some point adjustments forced by lockouts left only one response, decertification.
With the union no longer the players bargaining agent, a return of a free market system will most probably see player salaries take a greater than 50/50 split.
It is why I don't understand owners wanting to use the CBA to police other owners, thus delaying the process. In the end it will cost the owners significantly more than most have recognized.
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