NHL Free Agency: Two Fixes To the CBA That’ll Deter Ludicrous Contracts

July 21st, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
To name names at this point would be both irrelevant and nauseating.

Suffice to say that any team that would submit an idiotic 17-year contract to the NHL for approval and expect anything but incredulity is collectively delusional.

That aside, the fact that such an attempt was made should provide conclusive evidence supporting the fact that the NHL's current salary cap structure is woefully porous and ineffective.

The NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement is set to expire in September 2011.

If the NHL wishes to avoid the ignoble distinction of being the only professional sports league in North America to shut down an entire season not just once, but twice , now is the time to start thinking about what to include in the next CBA.

The most controversial aspect of the current CBA is of course the hard salary cap.

This was a mechanism designed to "level the playing field" between big and small market teams and increase parity and competition through a more even distribution of talent, and money, throughout the league.

However, over the past few seasons, it has become painfully clear that large market ...

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