Yes, I believe the richer Teams are tired of supporting the weaker teams with payments
There are far more NHLPA players than Owners of weaker teams.
I believe the Owners are saying, If you wanna keep this many of Your members employed, We are going to need Your help
You can help support them finacially as we do,by lowering the revenue sharing
The weaker teams saying, No unrestricted free agency as early as it is now
As it is now,the weaker teams cannot afford to retain these stars after developing them as they turn into stars,the fans of those teams dont get rewarded with their entertainment.with them now as true stars, and feel if the Player is not loyal,and the team is not loyal to keeping them,then they as fans are not either,- and stay away
The stars will always make the big money,and have already left to take jobs from other players who need/ want that lower paying job and Ironically will now play for far less than they ever will in the NHL,while the majority in the NHLPA lose that short window of opportunity by not playing at all
I would bet that the average NHL player does Not want this, and it is the richer players willing to prolong this, much like it is the richer teams saying enough is enough and the weaker teams saying we cannot compete.
The average NHL player does not have the longevity
as the stars to reap in money, and being they are the majority of the NHLPA they will be the ones hit the hardest, No matter what, they wont be getting a raise,this year or next,and will not recoup their losses
They need each other to make money, to start acting like Business partners,instead of people seeking a divorce and settle at 50/50
The players (especially the lower paid ones) will never come out of this ahead
They are far from needing food stamps etc whatever they finally agree too
After getting the concessions from the Players and the richer teams finally getting the NHLPA to help themselves keep the weaker teams operating they should lower the Tickets in good faith somewhat (even though demand will price the tickets) The weaker markets have been practically giving tickets away compared to the successful teams.
As much as fans hate Bettman and have seen there game deteriorate and be watered downThere is No reason for the average NHL Player to hate him
It is because of what he has done,by allowing these Teams to operate, that has given them the chance to play in the Big League, for the Big money
The largest detractors of Bettman in theory should be the Fans,richer owners,richer players Not the majority of the NHLPA
one of the unrestricted free agency problems was regarding how a collage player starting at age 24 woud have to wait 10 yrs,(like a player out of junior) and would actualy not achieve unrestricted Free agency.
Why not just change free agency to 30 yrs of age or something,instead of 10 yrs NHL service?
Edited by ba;;isticsports, 02 October 2012 - 11:39 PM.