An Idea for a new CBA

When the talks began there has been nothing but bad news and more bad news as to how far apart the NHL and the NHLPA are in finding an agreement. In one corner we have the owners with their need for cost certainty to ‘level’ the playing field, and in the other we have the players who want to continue to make as much money as possible. Well, I believe that would mean that we are at an impass. The question is not when will we get a new CBA, rather the question is who will bend first?I have a proposal that I think would be benificial and it is similar to what the WHA was thinking. It does involve a cap, but it is not on the overall cost of player salaries, but on the individual salaries of the players. Here is what I think they should do:

1. Each team is allowed 2 players over $4.5 mil per year (not to exceed $7 or $8 mil).

2. Each team is then allowed to sign as many players as they need up to $4.5 mil per year.

3. Entry-level contracts cannot exceed 2 mil per year (including incentives) for the first three years of a player’s career.

4. Free agents are restricted (similar to todays) until age 28yr and then UFA when their respective contracts end.

5. Free agents are allowed to be created if the team decides to buy out the players contract at 75% of the value. If this happens the player is automatically a UFA regardless of age.

Although this will allow the wealthier teams to sign alot of the middle road players it garantees that now one team will have three or more high end players, unless they are willing to take a pay cut. This in turn creates the drive for players to sign for less to be on a team they feel is where they will win. This will keep the owners happy because they are leveling the playing field with the number of large contracts being restricted. This also helps the players in the fact that they can become RFA’s at 28, and a team can get as many players as they want for uner 4.5 mil per. These are compromises that each side should be willing to give up to get it to work. Player salaries will continue to increase and this way there is alotment for plyers to grow their salaries and to test the free agnet market earlier.

Let me know what you think.

10 Responses to An Idea for a new CBA

  1. the_expert_44 says:

    good luck getting the players union to bite on this ‘cap’.

    they would neverrrrrrrr accept this. they want everyones salaries to go up..

    its also illogical when u look at for example the avalanche, where youve got at least 3 players deserving of 4.5 mil. so actually im not sure the owners would be entirely happy, especially the richer ones. they just want an all out cap.

    i think a cap is the only way to go…. make it 40 mil, and also reduce all player salaries by 20% in the first year.

  2. rojoke says:

    The buyout part is a bit high, as it’s currently only two-thirds of the remaining contract.

    It certainly is a new idea, but then you have to factor in arbitration, which the owners would like to throw out completely. The way they hand out raises, a guy could go from earning under $4.5 million to over $4.5 million in minutes. Aside from the Bruins and Tampa, no other team has walked away from a arbitration award. The new system you propose would, in some cases, force teams to walk away from awards because they would be over their quotas, when in reality, they don’t really want to los the player. Now, you could get around this by stating from the outset, that a team is already at their 2 player quota, and that the award cannot exceed the $4.5 million limit.

    If you scrapped the current arbitration process altogether, this could be worth trying.

  3. hockeyscarfo says:

    gary betman told me the salary cap is 45 mil

  4. NHLman says:

    I agree arbitration is the biggest load of crap. Well then again, the I think the entire RFA process needs to be reconfigured.

  5. Lint07 says:

    He told me not to tell you he was messing with you.

    Keep that for yourself.

  6. mattf says:

    I like your ideas..but, its really tough to make these ideas concrete with respect to each team and city. some arenas are typically half empty each game, while some are packed and have ridiculous ticket prices.

    i still believe the teams generate the upper echolon of revenue – (typically because of a large fan base) deserve the ability to spend money accordingly (within reason of course!) for star players (+5m). the fans deserve it right?

    its so unfortunate there will be no hockey next fall. i solely blame the owners. they’re the ones who set the market for outrageous salaries. i think the nhl should take the route of the nba – initiate a hard cap with luxury tax.

  7. the_hockey_bandit says:

    The purpose of this agreement is to make it to where if a player wants to win they have to accept a pay cut for the ‘team’ then creating the drive to win rather than to just collect a paycut and disappear in the regular season.

    By no means is this perfect, just an idea to throw out. Much more acceptable than a hard cap and a reduction in salary. This would be more for guidelines for all new contracts not affecting ones already signed.

    Until the players cave and accept some form of a cap the chances of hockey this fall is slim to nil. The owners are part of the problem and created this mess, but something must be done in order to stabilize the league for a few more years.

  8. the_hockey_bandit says:

    This would therefore create ‘desire to win’ vs ‘mo’ money’

    Until that is created we will not get to see the exciting hockey of old return. The desire must be there!

  9. 19Yzerman says:

    Mr Bettman told me you 2 would be on here debating his cap amount and he encouraged me to remind everyone that is intentions are to limit the players earnings to a collective amount of 930 million.

    I told him that us fans are looking for reduced ticket prices,reduced food and beverage pricing with a generous portion claus.

    He has assured me that not only will the pizza have more cheese and toppings but, that they are also working on plumbing every areana with beverage dispencing seats equipped with a urine removal system.

  10. wheresthesoda says:

    a lot of u are saying the players arent going to agree with a cap or the bullshit the union wants, then we all should forget about hockey and move on

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