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01-06-2013, 08:36 AM
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Changes to HFNHL - relating to new CBA

While we still don't know the actual final details I thought it would be fun to have a conversation about how the HFNHL might be affected by the new CBA details as we know them...

- The players' share of hockey-related revenue will drop from 57 percent to a 50-50 split for all 10 years.
Won't affect us.


- The league coming off their demand for a $60 million cap in Year 2, meeting the NHLPA's request to have it at $64.3 million - which was the upper limit from last year's cap. The salary floor in Year 2 will be $44 million.

- The upper limit on the salary cap in the first year is $60 million, but teams can spend up to $70.2 million (all pro-rated). The cap floor will be $44 million.
So I think that our cap for NEXT season will drop to 60 million to match this. Our present season will remain the same I think.


- The 10-year deal also has an opt-out clause that kicks in after eight years.
Awesome, 8 years before the next lockout. I might even be interested in the NHL again by then.

- Each team will be allowed two amnesty buyouts that can be used to terminate contracts after this season and next season. The buyouts will count against the players' overall share in revenues, but not the team's salary cap.
This one is interesting for us. Here how I think we play it out: I think we could match the 2 amnesty buyouts NEXT off-season, but I can't see us doing it twice since we don't have those long term contracts. So we could differ from the NHL by having only one season of buyouts. I think we have to have this because we need to get ourselves in line with the 60 million cap. I think we have to follow the buyout part - in other words you lose the money out of your bank but don't have it count towards your cap. Player becomes a UFA.

- The salary variance on contracts from year to year cannot vary more than 35 per cent and the final year cannot vary more than 50 per cent of the highest year.
Won't affect us. Our contracts are the same every year.

- A player contract term limit for free agents will be seven years and eight years for a team signing its own player.
Won't affect us. We will keep our 4 year limits.

- The draft lottery selection process will change with all 14 teams fully eligible for the first overall pick. The weighting system for each team may remain, but four-spot move restriction will be eliminated.
This is amazing. Does this mean a team with the 14th pick could move to first. WOW. Love this. We should copy.


- Supplemental discipline for players in on-ice incidents will go through NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan first, followed by an appeal process that would go through Bettman. For suspensions of six or more games, a neutral third party will decide if necessary.
Sim software controls this.


- Revenue sharing among teams will spread to $200 million. Additionally, an NHLPA-initiated growth fund of $60 million is included.
Revenue sharing. Hell yeah! Wooooot. I want some of the Blues endorsement money. Sign me up! Kidding. But maybe not? Lets get the ANNUAL FINANCIAL DEBATE started!

- Teams can only walk away from a player in salary arbitration if the award is at least $3.5 million.
This is probably too much work for agents and holds a possibility for really alienating them. I don't think we need it.

- The NHL had hoped to change opening of free agency to July 10, but the players stood firm and it remains July 1 in the new agreement. But with a later ending to the season, free agency for this summer will start at a later date.
We can copy this.

After all this - the NHL should just have followed our HFNHL CBA and we wouldn't be in this mess.

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