theminister, on 12 October 2012 - 08:21 PM, said:
Sharpie, you are right in philosophical points but Mike is correct that it doesn't matter.
This. I wanted to look at a random team, knowing that approximately 2.5million is the average salary for each of 23 players on a capped team. I chose the real Rangers for my comparison out of just wanting to be random about the selection.
The real rangers as it stand right now have 9 forwards making less than 2million, and 5 defensemen also making less than 2million. Their backup goalie makes less than 2million also. That is 15 of 23 players make less than the average team salary.
Two defensemen make over 3million but less than 4 million and a forward makes almost 5million
3 forwards make 7million or more each and the starting goalie makes almost 7million.
My question is: Do the 19 other players on the team really want to lose 100% of a years pay in order to help the other four guys maintain more of their 7million dollar paychecks in subsequent years?
My guess is no, 83% of players who would be uneffected by a 17% clawback, more or less won't want to lose 100% of a years pay to help support the principle of the 17% of players who make gross paychecks to play a game for the decade of their lives that they are in peak performance mode.
For those 83% of non elite players in the league, a lost half a season is just as bad as a 10% pay cut for their entire careers,,,financially speaking....so why not settle it early, take the loss early and recoup it over time, rather than lose 10% of their career earnings during the fight of trying to not lose 17%...really it makes the 'loss' almost double by adding in non earning time...suck it up buttercups, your still millionaires.
EDIT: Uneffected was a bad choice of words...but if its a 17% clawback, your only losing a million bucks if you are signed to 6m a year or more...which is a tiny little fraction of players. The majority of players will lose more by not playing this year than they would lose over their careers if they settle on the 17% rollback and play now.
Edited by Primal Optimist, 12 October 2012 - 10:46 PM.