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Let’s Make Both Sides Happy

from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,

...we’re proposing an NHL collective bargaining agreement to end all further labour stoppages, one that those without a vested interest—other than, you know, funding the whole venture with your money and passion—deem fair to both sides and which will actually contribute to the overall health of the game and the fan experience, rather than simply be whatever happens when the billionaires and millionaires go into sudden-death overtime.

Goals:

—A league that’s robust—I never want the NHL’s news agenda driven by disasters like the Phoenix Coyotes again.

—A league in which the top players earn something approximating what they’re worth.

—A league in which franchises operating in markets that are passionate about hockey can match their fans’ passion by investing to build winners. Nashville and Columbus are welcome in my NHL, but not if carrying them means Toronto or Boston or an inspired ownership in Edmonton can’t spend as much as it wants to build teams and be attractive to stars.

Sound good?

Here we go—how to end CBA negotiations forever in five easy steps. Gary Bettman and Don Fehr have been cc’ed.

read on

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George Malik's avatar

Good ideas, but the comparisons of fans to “suckers” and addicts are vulgar and insulting.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/16/12 at 02:48 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Guys like raises. They like incentives. They need a sense of urgency. Something makes me think that as more players get halfway through their decade-plus deals, it’ll be a huge challenge to keep complacency and staleness at bay.

*cough* Franzen *cough*

Good ideas, but the comparisons of fans to “suckers” and addicts are vulgar and insulting.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/16/12 at 01:48 PM ET

Doesn’t bother me.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 08/16/12 at 04:16 PM ET

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It is easy to say get rid of two teams, but when that team is Quebec or Winnipeg it is a crime against humanity. Not too long ago Edmonton was dead and yet I didn’t hear the contraction nonsense. Pick a couple of US based teams and all of a sudden it is okay. If there is a dollar imbalance again, will Calgary be asking for money from the NHL again?

To call Boston and Toronto “inspired” ownership is also laughable. How long did Jacobs rely on Boston fans passion before he even attempted to invest in a winner? One spent Ray Bourque career at least. Toronto was owned by Harold Ballard and then the teacher’s pension fund. Their number one goal is still profits above a winning product and it shows. Next we’ll hear about how great Chicago ownership has been.

That same inspired Toronto ownership is also what keeps his prefered option of moving team to Canada (i.e. Hamilton) from happening.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 08/16/12 at 04:35 PM ET

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I would call this a nightmare NHL rather than a dream.

Posted by timbits on 08/16/12 at 04:48 PM ET

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That same inspired Toronto ownership is also what keeps his prefered option of moving team to Canada (i.e. Hamilton) from happening.

There is one market left in Canada that can, in the long term, sustain a NHL team. Hamilton is not that market. Markham is a joke. Quebec City is probably the only one available. Toronto will not vote against Quebec City.

Other than that, I completely agree. “Inspired ownership” actually tries to put a winner on the ice all season, every season. They don’t sit back in their big cushy chairs and say “look at all those suckers, piling in and selling out the barn to see my Bruins lose again. Lemmings will keep putting money in my pocket, and it will be glorious.”

In that respect, citing Toronto and Boston detracts from the author’s argument. Then again, said author may be looking through tinted glasses. It’s all a part of knowing who your readership is.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 08/16/12 at 06:45 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

The first place in Canada another NHL team should go is right into Toronto.

I don’t give two squirts of love-juice what makes the Leafs happy. That conglomeration of jerks can suck it up and deal with a little competition in hockey’s most-saturated market.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/16/12 at 06:56 PM ET

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