NHL Needs To Modify Its Salary Cap Rules

June 24th, 2010 by Steve Thompson Leave a reply »
The NHL needs a salary cap to keep costs under control. That is unquestionable.

But taken to extremes, as it works now, it punishes excellence and almost orders successful teams to commit suicide.

The latest victims are the current Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks.

Their recent quest for the Cup was on a fixed timetable: win now before the team has to be dismantled to fit under the salary cap rules.

Scarcely two weeks after winning the Stanley Cup, the dismantling process has begun.  Key forward Dustin Byfuglien and some other players was shipped to Atlanta, with more star players to be moved later.

That keeps costs under control, but the move is fundamentally illogical, for in effect, it tells winning teams that once they hit the top, to commit suicide.

This will prevent any NHL hockey dynasties from ever happening again.

This doesn't happen in real life.

You don't dismantle a victorious army, an ace medical team, or a competent corporation staff.

The present system could have a negative effect on ticket sales.

If you were a Chicago Blackhawks f ...

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