Originally Posted by Loch
So much of this is wrong I don't know where to start...
1) the league is not made up of Crosbys and plugs
2) there is something like 700 nhlers, the 'Crosbys' of the league number what? 70? If that. (more like 20)
3) The plugs are 'over-payed' because the NHL GMs know that their star forwards will play 20 to 25 minutes a game at most and they then start trying to buy 'the next best' and this process trickles down until you get a 4th liner at 2mil/yr because he's a better 4th liner than anyone else
4) You know who else cares about the plugs? Their superstar team-mates. If it weren't for Anaheim's Pahlsson line then Scott Neidermeyer wouldn't have won a cup in Cali. That's a fact.
5) The SALARY CAP is why star players are 'underpaid'. It put the brakes on how much can be spent on one player because the rest of the roster needs to be filled with guys who can actually skate.
7) The CAP FLOOR is why 3rd and 4th liners seem over paid. Do you really think the Columbus roster (with, um, Nash) is worth only 16mil less than the Penguin's roster (with Malkin, Crosby and Letang), really? The league does.
So yeah, the effed up salary structure has nothing to do with the NHLPA 'protecting the middle class' and everything to do with the Salary Cap / Cap Floor system that the League set up during the last lock-out.
You missed the point completely. The model needs to change, simple as that, so I don't understand the argument - "the owners set it up!!! Now they want us to fix their mistakes!!!" Who else is going to help fix the system, other than the people responsible for the largest chunk of variable costs???
For the last time, the previous CBA is EXPIRED. It's done. It's gone. Using your logic, and the player's logic, they should have continued to fight for 70% of HRR last time. Why? For no other reason other than because that's what they were already getting.
Well, no, the owners said it wasn't a sustainable business model and they fought for change. Did they change the system enough? Apparently not. So they want to change it again. Why? Again, for the last time, because 2/3 of the teams are losing money. That's why.
As for the cap and floor, your theories are partially true, at best. The bigger factor is that guys like Crosby are underpaid because THEY TRADE MONEY FOR TERM. Take away the security blanket of term (with a 5 year cap) and the superstars will demand way more money regardless of the salary cap. Once the superstars are paid their true worth, that will, in turn, push down salaries for the 3rd and 4th liners.