NHL Lockout: Is the NHL Salary Scale Going to Echo the NBA?

November 13th, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
Don't expect the NHL's new salary scale to be similar to the one that the NBA and its players agreed to during their lockout last winter, both from a team and player perspective.

Just like the NHL, the NBA uses a salary cap system, which, among other things, helps prevent player salaries from escalating to ridiculous levels.

Even though 15 NBA teams lost money during the 2010-11 season, according to Forbes.com, that wasn't enough to prevent the salary cap floor number from increasing.

Here is an explanation of the NBA's cap from Larry Coon of ESPN.com:

• 2011 CBA: Teams must spend at least 85 percent of the cap in 2011-12 and 2012-13, and at least 90 percent of the cap in later years of the agreement.

These 85 and 90 percent figures would never work in the current state of the NHL, where there are many teams who would probably be in a much worse financial situation than they are now if the cap floor was this close to the cap ceiling.

If the NHL forced teams to be this close to the cap ceiling in the previous CBA (2005-06 through 2011-12), more than two-thirds of the league's teams probably would have lost mone ...

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