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The “Fans” CBA

from Ian Mendes of the Ottawa Citizen,

So as the league and the NHLPA get set for another round of collective bargaining sessions this week, I thought it would be interesting to tackle some issues that could actually impact the fans and their enjoyment of the sport.

Here are five things that I think fans might like to see in the new CBA:

1. Teams must disclose financial terms on contracts
When your favourite team signs a player to a contract, you only have two questions: How much did he sign for and what’s the length of the deal? But when a new deal is announced, the majority of teams in the NHL fail to disclose that critical information to their fan base….

2. Put an end to the current no-trade clauses available to players
For a passionate hockey fan, there is nothing more frustrating than watching your favourite player demand a trade — and then get to hand-pick his destination….

3. Let teams trade money — or cap space — in a trade
As hockey fans, we miss blockbuster trades. The introduction of the salary cap and the provision that teams cannot exchange money in a trade has basically killed significant trades in the NHL. By allowing teams to trade money, it would open up the door to more trades….

more on each point plus two more…

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Intersting ideas. Firstly folks should know by now that ‘fans’ have ZERO direct input into the CBA issues. I’ll go through them one by one:
1- I think almost all teams (eventually) disclose contract terms. I do agree that the entire NHL should be transparent on each teams salary cap liability on a daily basis. We shouldn’t need a ‘cap Geek’ (as great a job as they do)
2- No trade clauses is an option that should be allowed, but teams should be wary of giving it
3- I like the trading of ‘cap space idea’  I doubt that Gary bettman would.  There would need to be a limit on that and any cash excanges, else we’ll have the big markets acquiring all the best players again
4- Microphones on refs: Heck, we have been on record LONG ago that they shuld place microphones on ALL players and coaches. fans (paying extra ofcours) could listen in on the player(s) of their choice through out a game. Much like NASCAR does with drivers.

Posted by Fauxrumors on 07/18/12 at 10:20 AM ET

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Trading cap space/money would be great, but, along similar lines, I’d rather first have restructuring of existing contracts be allowed.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 07/18/12 at 11:45 AM ET

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I also fail to see how #1 is an issue in practice. We always find that stuff out ASAP.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 07/18/12 at 11:46 AM ET

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