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What The Owners Could Do

from Chris Stevenson at the Toronto Sun,

So when it comes to reworking positions, what would the owners consider?

If the NHL owners ever wanted to get into the "back to the future" type of threat employed repeatedly by Fehr, how about a new system that doesn't have guaranteed contracts? It seems to work for the NFL.

How many times have you looked at a spike in a player's performance after two or three years of mediocre performances and then realized, oh, yeah, he's in a contract year?

You don't think there would be just a slight uptick in that player's performance in the middle of a four- or six-year contract if there was the chance come, say, July 1, the owner signing his paycheque had the option of walking away from the deal and letting the player become an unrestricted free agent?

Everything is on the table, so maybe the NHL wouldn't even have to grandfather in the guaranteed deals that are already in place. The comfy security of a 13-year contract might all of a sudden have a "best before" date on it.

Never mind the agony of escrow.

How about: "You're done. Go see if there is some other owner out there who will give you the $16.5 million I've paid you over the last two years for your nine goals and 40 assists in 118 games, Scott Gomez."

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It’s an interesting thought, but when we’re talking about an organization that won’t budge off of 57% of HRR I find it pretty far fetched that there would be any kind of situation that the NHLPA would accept non-guaranteeing contracts.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 10/09/12 at 07:33 PM ET

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HockeyinHD, just like the NHLwould never acceptgettingrid of the cap both sides have the extreme demands they could make.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 10/09/12 at 11:10 PM ET

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HockeyinHD, just like the NHLwould never acceptgettingrid of the cap both sides have the extreme demands they could make.

Well, yeah.  That’s the point, right?

Posted by HockeyinHD on 10/10/12 at 04:33 AM ET

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Ah, nothing like the argument, “Well it could be worse, therefore it’s pretty good!”

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 10/10/12 at 06:35 AM ET

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Ah, nothing like the argument, “Well it could be worse, therefore it’s pretty good!”

Who is saying that?  What the author is doing is suggesting some outside the box suggestions.  Pointlessly, of course, since even the inside the box suggestions aren’t going to happen… but still.

What I am doing is pointing out that the above is happening.

I mean, it can be an interesting thought exercise to try and come up with an ‘ideal’ CBA for the NHL that serves all masters equally and is generally hawt.

It is also a meaningless thought exercise, because outside the box ideas aren’t what either side is really fighting over.  They are fighting over percentage points of HRR, plain and simple.  Everything else is window dressing.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 10/10/12 at 09:32 AM ET

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