It is a pretty interesting read. I wonder who the player is?
To me the best point he makes is:
His proposed soft-cap/luxury tax system I think is an interesting one as well, though I agree that it'll likely never happen.
And touches on another big point that doesn't get talked about a lot, but is starting to with the new CBA negotiations. Hockey Related Revenue. Not only do owners want to reduce the percentage of HRR that the players get, they want to change what constitutes HRR. And it's safe to say they're not going to end up with a larger number when they change the definition.
I'd be curious to know what currently does and does not constitute HRR.
To summarize what is defined as HRR in the CBA:
1) Regular season & playoff gate receipts 2) Pre-season games 3) Special games with the exception of All-Star games 4) National, International, & National Digital broadcast revenues 5) Revenues from the NHL network 6) Local cable, over-the-air, satellite, & radio broadcasts 7) Club internet 8) Publications 9) In-arena & non-arena novelty sales 10) Concessions 11) Luxury boxes/suites & club/premium seats 12) Fixed signage & arena sponsorships 13) Temporary signage & club sponsorships 14) Dasherboard advertising 15) Parking 16) Other revenues i.e. league sponsored events, sale of game used equipment, sale of special memberships, etc.
And based on the legalese in the CBA, you have to assume owners are already playing fast & loose with what is & is not HRR within those categories and that they're going to try to get some of them removed in the next CBA. Not only do they want to reduce the player's share, they want to reduce the size of the pool they play in too.
What they should actually address is teams taking revenue sharing kick-backs from the teams that make money going out & dropping huge bucks on free-agents while complaining that salary expenses are too high. I'm looking at you, Craig Liepold.
Just out of curiosity, are you allowed to add cash in a trade? Like it says above give columbus a player and like 15million cash? I've never heard of anyone who has done that.
If it's possible it might be time for Mr. I to bring out the big wallet...
Can't add cash to deals under the current CBA. The reference to Carson, Gelinas, 1st rounders, & cash was what LA traded to Edmonton for Gretzky i.e. joking that Howson thinks he's trading The Great One.
I think that all depends on Flip's production if he moves back to center. If his offense regresses if they move him off the wing & there's nobody that picks up the slack on the 2nd line, the Wings can't afford to have Z & Pavs together for any extended length of time.
Quincey- offensive upside is there, if healthy a 30-40 pts campaign is probably were hell land which is pretty good for a 4/5 dman in the NHL. If he makes simple plays on the breakout and improves his coverage he could be a pleasant suprise. (I dont like his face or his style period. I hope he canchange that).
If the Wings pay for his plastic surgery, would it count against the cap?