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Respect An Issue Among The NHL Players

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

The lack of respect is most apparent among certain “marginal players,” lesser skilled players who ride a bubble between staying barely afloat in the NHL and dropping back down to the minor leagues.

One player agent says it is understandable why some of those with less talent will do whatever it takes to play at the higher level.

“Players in the minors are making $50,000, $60,000,” he says. “If they can go up and staying up requires that they hurt guys, they’re going to do it.”

Why wouldn’t they? A marginal player on a two-way contract stands to increase his base pay by tenfold if he can escape the buses of the American Hockey League for the charter flights of the NHL.

If that player can come up and stick, it gets even better. The average salary for NHL players is more than $2-million (all currency U.S.) a year.


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George Malik's avatar

Quite a bit of sound and fury from MacGregor for a bottom line wish to see the NHL cut fourth lines.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/08/11 at 08:25 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Or the NHL could just, you know… discipline appropriately.

You don’t need to cut the 4th liners.  If the NHL started suspending those guys for 10 games, 15 games, 20 games for this nonsense, it’d stop because those marginal players would be out a job if they got suspended even once at that length.

1 or 2 games is not enough incentive however, because they know the coach will be waiting for them after it’s over…

Suspend the players harshly, and furthermore start fining coaches for their players’ on-ice behavior, and 95% of this stupidity will immediately disappear.

Posted by Primis on 02/08/11 at 09:30 AM ET

Hank1974's avatar

Maybe not the most popular opinion but I love the idea of cutting out the 4th liners.
With more time for the top 6 scoring would go up and we’d see more talent on the ice more often.

The 4th line was always great for enforcers, but the game is different now so you don’t see as many classic battleships roaming the ice anymore.

But the PA would never allow loss of jobs. The only way that happens is if the NHL throws them a bone like removing Escrow or expanding to two more teams to keep the same amount of jobs available.

Posted by Hank1974 on 02/08/11 at 10:55 AM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

Just increase (severely) the length of the suspensions, and make the teams play with an empty roster spot for the length of the suspension.

4th line is required in order to shuffle players for PK’s, especially major or B2B Pk’s.

Many teams, many nights, the 4th line only sees 6 min ice time because of low minor penalty games.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 02/08/11 at 12:46 PM ET


I read recently that it was the NHLPA that demanded suspensions remain “light” or that they wouldn’t have agreed to rule 48 at all.

Posted by Dahrken from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/08/11 at 01:11 PM ET

Primis's avatar

and make the teams play with an empty roster spot for the length of the suspension.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 02/08/11 at 10:46 AM ET

I wholly endorse this as well.

Make a suspension selfish.  Make it a selfish thing to take, because it means your team has to play without you and without a replacement.

Posted by Primis on 02/08/11 at 01:46 PM ET

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