September 12, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NHLPA executive director Don Fehr speaks during a press conference at the 2012 NHLPA summer player meetings at the Marriott Marquis. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

Bigger Teams Have To Help The Weaker Teams

The NHL’s latest proposal has the players taking a cut from 57% of the pie to an immediate 49% and then gradually to 47%. That’s already a drastic change and that alone doesn’t sit well with the players. The worst part is the owners aren’t making any concessions of their own.

The players taking a cut in hockey related revenue will not help the weaker teams. Sure it will help the teams not have to finance these big salaries but how does that help a team like the Islanders with hardly any big contracts to speak of? Is a smaller wage they have to pay players going to help them get out of the red numbers?

The answer is absolutely not. Cutting down players salaries hardly means anything to these teams that spend barely above the cap floor to begin with. It’s a small drop in the bucket of bigger problems cutting down players salaries. I’m sure the players would be fine with their revenue percentage being cut down a bit from their 57% to somewhere closer to 50-50.

The real issue I think is that the owners aren’t united in these talks. It appears to me the wealthier teams just want to get richer and not have to pay out of pocket to the players and the other teams. Why should they want to do that anyway? After all, teams like the Rangers, Flyers, Leafs, and Canadiens will make money no matter what happens in these negotiations. Those are the teams though who have to make some sort of concession to teams like the Panthers, Blue Jackets, and Islanders. Those are the teams that will lose money no matter what.

The current revenue sharing among the teams isn’t enough. If the owners can make a legitimate offer where the wealthier teams help the weaker teams more, and the players agree to somewhere close to a 50-50 split we might have a season sooner than later.

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