Lockout VII: I've walked for miles, my feet are hurting
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01-05-2013, 12:08 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Ann Arbor
Do people really not understand why the players AND owners are fighting over $60 and $65M?
It's not about the money made next year.
it's about every single UFA and RFA who will be a free agent this offseason.
If every team has $5M less, that puts a clamp on the market.
That reduces the contracts everyone agrees to.
Now, with escrow, that's all anyone gets NEXT YEAR>
Say you sign a 3-year, $1.2m per year deal instead of a 3 year 1.7M per year deal because of the $5M reduction in the cap.
Year one might be a wash because of escrow. But you lose in year 2 and year 3..
Say you're a superstar.
you're looking for a 6 year, $48M... how huge is the difference between $60M and $65M in your market
If this issue didn't matter, as some people want to pretend, then why is the NHL fighting it?
The players would rather every player sacrifice in escrow and maintain the market for next year's UFAs.. the actual HRR will catch up in 2-3 years.
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