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by George Malik on 08/15/12 at 01:30 AM ET
The one topic not covered during the massive slate of press reports regarding the NHLPA’s counter-proposal to the NHL involved what Donald Fehr suggested were slight exceptions to the salary cap, and as you might expect, the New York Post’s Larry Brooks reports that the PA’s found an…intriguing…way to establish a luxury tax of a sort while ensuring that a hard cap remains in place:
Clubs could go up to $4M over cap and drop to $4M under floor by adding or trading cap space re PA proposal….— Larry Brooks(@NYP_Brooksie) August 15, 2012
NHLPA has also proposed extra draft picks for teams in financial trouble that could be used, traded or sold, Post has learned…— Larry Brooks(@NYP_Brooksie) August 15, 2012
PA also has proposed that NHL establish a limit on non-player spending by teams— Larry Brooks(@NYP_Brooksie) August 15, 2012
Brilliantly clever. It’s hard to believe that the NHL will agree to adopt these proposed “exemptions for the sake of revenue-sharing,” but small and big-market owners have to like ‘em, and hey, if you can stuff a wedge between the owners and Bettman, that’s never a bad thing from a PA perspective.
Update: And Brooks keeps going…
NHLPA intends to submit own proposals re systemic issues (e.g, free agency, entry level, salary arb)...— Larry Brooks(@NYP_Brooksie) August 15, 2012
PA will propose eliminating team walkaways on salary arbitration, Post has learned…— Larry Brooks(@NYP_Brooksie) August 15, 2012
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