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Only One Transition Year

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It is no surprise at all, but Jeremy Jacobs, the militant Boston owner who acts as chairman of the Board of Governors, is in full support of a plan that would benefit his pockets at the expense of his team.

This, after all, is the individual whose miserly ways finally drove Raymond Bourque out of Boston in search of a Stanley Cup.

The league’s latest proposal not only calls for an immediate dive to a 50/50 split of hockey-related revenue, but allows for only one season of transition — this one.

This means that the cap for 2013-14 would be set at approximately $59.4 million, thus leaving numerous clubs with essentially no space to sign (or re-sign) the approximately 250 players whose contracts are due to expire following this season.

Under this scenario, the Bruins — who do not have an NHL goaltender under contract for next season — would have approximately $6 million available to fill eight roster spots after placing Marc Savard on long-term injury list.

The Blackhawks would have approximately $2 million to fill six spots. The Wild, represented on the league’s negotiating committee by owner Craig Leipold, would have about $8 million to fill seven spots, the same situation confronting the Rangers.


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MsRedWinger's avatar

Every NHL fan should read this article.  My favorite part:

...this league administration believes in genetic engineering. Its commitment is to the lowest common denominator, not to excellence. Every component of the league’s core belief system is designed to punish successful big-market franchises by legislating ways to prevent those teams from remaining intact.

(Oh, and people who criticized Ken Holland for not spending more money over the summer should now, after reading this article, consider him to have been a genius.)

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 11/11/12 at 11:06 AM ET


Agreed MsRedWinger.

Also thought this quote was pretty striking:

“For this from an individual in the room for Friday’s negotiating sessions and confirmed word-for-word by Slap Shots by a source across the aisle:
“Near the end of the meeting, Don [Fehr] said to Gary [Bettman]: ‘Let me get this straight. Even if the players agree to every single component of the league’s economic plan, we still don’t have a deal unless we also agree to every one of your proposed changes to player contract rights?’ ”
To which, both of our sources reported, “Gary said: ‘Yes.’”

Posted by loojay on 11/11/12 at 01:14 PM ET


When you start believing Larry Brooks, it is a sign your mental health needs thorough analysis.

Posted by timbits on 11/11/12 at 02:13 PM ET


Oh, and people who criticized Ken Holland for not spending more money over the summer should now, after reading this article, consider him to have been a genius

You say that as if it was a game plan.  He tried to land Suter. Parise, Weber, Kubina and others but lost them all to other GMs.

Sorry, I can’t accept that he’s a genius because he to sign the players he went after.

Posted by Garth on 11/11/12 at 02:23 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Yep timibts ! take out Senile NHLPA Hack & put Don Fehr’s name

Posted by Evilpens on 11/11/12 at 03:06 PM ET

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