[size=2]From my perspective, the linkage wasn’t even the worst part of the NHL's offer.
- the NHL's ability to eliminate arbitration
In return for lower UFA age. Not a bad deal if BOTH sides opt for it. NHL should have exclusive right to do it.
- the 24% rollback
Players offer. Its neither here nor there since its a very short term thing that only alters exisiting contracts, any new contracts would be reduced anyway. M'eh, take or leave it.
- the signing deadline
Its good, no its great. It forces both the team and the player to get a deal done or suffer the consequences.
- arbitration deferal
Good for both sides. If a player posts 40 points, 45 points, 50 points and 90 points then goes to arbitration the club get the right to defer. If he goes to arbitration with 1 good season the arbitrator would look at him as a flash in the pan and not give him full value.
If he posts another 90 point season and then takes arbitration his case is MUCH stronger.
If he instead posts another 45 point season and then he didn't deserve the big contract.
If a player can defer being taken to arbitation after a bad year it'll cut both ways. That should would for both sides.