Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/18/12 at 02:57 PM ET
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
So how could the Bruins spend freely to lock up their young core of players while the NHL Brotherhood of owners is banging the drum that the league is spending way too much on player salary? Because the Bruins ownership knows exactly what the NHL game plan is for collective bargaining negotiations. They're looking at a "new system" in which Bettman is determined to get another salary rollback along with something closer to a 50/50 split in hockey related revenue.
So it might have been much easier to approve the last batch of contracts when the Bruins are banking on another 10-20 percent rollback on all salaries signed prior to the lockout deadline. The Bruins were ill-prepared for the 24 percent salary rollback that Harry Sinden and Mike O’Connell never saw coming out of the last lockout, and this time it would appear they’re banking on another rollback.
The players have been adamant that escrow and salary rollbacks are a non-starter in negotiations, but that seems to be one of the first orders of business for the NHL with each CBA proposal.
Things would look a little different – and perhaps a little more club-friendly in the eyes of those signing the checks – if the Bruins are paying out only 80 percent of the $70.5 million doled out to Marchand, Seguin and Lucic.
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