So what everyone wants to know is how do we fix hockey, because I can tell you right now. Hockey IS DONE FOR THE SEASON. Let’s all just get that straight. But to Fix it, Why not take a page out of footballs book, one of the best systems in today’s sports.

NO HOCKEY WITHOUT A CAP? fine let’s put on a CAP. but let’s allow players to make money.Here are a few ideas. I can tell you this. Hockey will NEVER start again without a Cap. But players want a way to make money, right? Well, we need to add very important issues on contracts around the league.

1. Salary Cap in place for every team around the league. 35-45 million.

2. Allow Signing Bonus’s that do not count against a teams salary cap, But have a Luxury tax on how much teams can spend on signing Bonus’s maybe NOT a real hard cap on Bonus’s but something significant, and hurtful. So that the Taxing goes to teams who are the lowest revenue-producing clubs.

3. Releasing Contracts on the GM’s call. No more 5 year contracts were the player starts to suck and no one wants to trade for him and there is no way around his contract. Contracts can be released at the drop of a hat. Putting people in Free agency whenever. This way you get the best from players because every year is a contract year. Of Corse Releasing players won’t go without a fine to the team for doing such a thing. A small Fine that goes to the player to hold them over, almost like a buy out but not a buy out that the player can control.

This is just a start of a few ideas I hope to get some feedback on. This is basically the way football does have there system into place.


  1. hockey_man1468 says:

    I think guaranteed contracts are the worst thing for the game. Some players sign for big money, then half-ass collect a paycheque through the rest of their contract. That’s some player – not all. But the PA will never go for it.

    What I find hilarious is that Mr Goodenow, tonight in his press conference, told the media that the players work for every dime they get. To paraphrase he said something to the effect that every game, every shift, the players give their all otherwise they’re gone. Where are they going Bob? As long as they signed, the money is guaranteed. It’s absolutely ridiculous.

  2. Aetherial says:

    The league yesterday said very clearly that guaranteed contracts are not something they have ever asked to be removed and do not intend to.

    Perhaps they *should* be flexible on their need for a cap and waive guaranteed contracts instead?

    I imagine the players would not go for that any more than a cap frankly.

    In fact, cap, tax, bonus, arbitration, whatever… the players will not go for any solution that puts any downward pressure, or restricts upward pressure, on salaries.

    This is a league that is in trouble and needs a partnership and the players are still operating in an outdated paradigm where their ONLY goal is to extort as much money as they can out of the owners.

    They are simply not thinking about trying to make the whole league healthier.

    the NFL went through this problem, in the end a very nasty situation finally brought the sides together. They fixed it, it works.

  3. rojoke says:

    If you’ve followed the NFL in recent weeks, you’ll know that the Indianapolis Colts re-signed probably their best wide receiver Marvin Harrison. You’ll also know that Mr. Harrison received a $22 million signing bonus. Because in the NFL, signing bonuses don’t count against the cap.

    Having said that, there’s just one thing dumber than paying a player in excess of $10 million per season. That’s paying them in excess of $1 million to SIGN HIS AUTOGRAPH!!!!

    Signing bonuses will be what the rookie salary cap was in 1994; no one saw the effect of the rule until after someone capitailzed on it. Holik will still get $9.5 million per year to play for the Rangers. It’s just that they’ll call the bulk of it a signing bonus to get it away from the cap. And then agents will use it as leverage in bidding wars. “Well the Wings are offering a $10 million bonus, and the Avs are offering $11.5 million.”

    There’s only three ways to remove this threat.

    1. Outlaw signing bonuses altogether, which is unlikely.

    2. Make them count towards the cap, which is likely what they’ll do.

    3. Leave them outside the cap, but limit them to a percentage of the total value of the contract. It is a bonus, so it should be less that 25%.

  4. Leaf_Expert says:

    With all the names that have come and gone on this site.(including myself)

    sands is one of the heart-and-sould members on HTR.

    You admins better stop under-rating him.

    And recognize other members like aetherial and rojoke! Sorry if I cant remember some of the other under-rated, HTR hall-of-fame deserving names on this site.

    And guys don’t be a stranger, stop by on WoW. The real spot. What HTR use to be like….

  5. Sands says:

    haha thanks man, been he for a while just throwing out a few ideas while this lockout *****’s things up.

  6. Sands says:

    haha thanks man, been here for a while just throwing out a few ideas while this lockout *****’s things up.

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