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Only An Arbitrator Can Stop Bettman

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The NHL’s effort to disallow front-loaded, long- terms deals that are permitted by the collective bargaining agreement through arbitration is an attempt to legislate from the bench.

Commissioner Gary Bettman and the league are using this circumvention case against Ilya Kovalchuk and the Devils to try and gain the right to inflict arbitrary term-limits on contracts through the finding of an arbitrator after failing to gain that power through the 2004-05 collective bargaining process that created the current CBA.

“They absolutely tried to get the right to limit contract length,” one of the NHLPA’s prime negotiators into and throughout the lockout told Slap Shots. “It was another cap they wanted to impose, but we were able to win that one.”...


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Evilpens's avatar

Senile Larry Spewing out the NHLPA Pablum for them

Posted by Evilpens on 08/01/10 at 12:26 PM ET

Doogie2K's avatar

How is he wrong? You want term limits, or to change the permissible structure of the contract, do it in the CBA.

Me, I think they should just limit the amount the cash can vary from the cap hit (more than double/less than half) and call it a day. It’s not an explicit term limit, which there’s no reason for, but it also prevents teams from paying guys minimum wage after age 38 to artificially lower the cap hit, which would defeat these contracts just as well.

Posted by Doogie2K from Calgary on 08/01/10 at 01:00 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

UMMM The Minimum salary at the End a KovalCHOKE’s contract will not be 550,000 $ Right then & there it is Invalid. That isn’t even getting into the salary cap issues

Posted by Evilpens on 08/01/10 at 01:35 PM ET

edillac's avatar

I dont get why the Koval-choke?
based on what?
and no childishness please

Posted by edillac from isolation on 08/01/10 at 02:23 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

and no childishness please Oh Good Lord Coming from you LOL

Posted by Evilpens on 08/01/10 at 02:54 PM ET

edillac's avatar

whats that supposed to mean?

Posted by edillac from isolation on 08/01/10 at 02:56 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

Evilpens, your “points” would be more reasonable if you attempted to explain them. Or if you Understood Proper Capitalization.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 08/01/10 at 05:40 PM ET

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