Here we are at the end of November and aside from what looks like
both sides playing a little propaganda with talk of a new NHLPA offer
and the league willing to listen but not accept a luxury tax, not too
much is going to happen.
It would be nice to see both sides at least meet once before the
cancellation of the season is announced. I cannot see a deal getting
done because it makes no sense for the owners to accept anything that
does not tie payroll/revenue with competitve balance.
Here is my compromise to the league's proposals
(which is only in one of the league's offers) which should be
adjusted based on how the league does year by year.
Completely restructure arbitration and qualifying offer system. The
league's supposed giveback is a joke at five or ten percent if a
player must get a qualifying offer of ten percent if the salary is at
a certain level.
* A dollar for dollar match for everything over 38 million.
* First five million over the cap, you forfeit a second round pick.
* For every ten million over the cap you forfeit a first round draft
In other words you want a 60 million dollar payroll? Fine. You owe
the league 22 million and you forfeit two first round draft picks..
It will force companies that own teams and lose revenue to actually
manage things much tighter. Either that or they can forget building
thru a draft entirely and spend dollar for dollar forever.
Of course were talking about companies that were willing to sign
Sakic and Fedorov and lose draft picks so even this is not a perfect
I would love to see how Bettman is going to get all these teams
that are millions of dollars over his numbers with guaranteed
contracts down to his cost-certainty figure of 33.4 million?
The injuries are taking their toll in Bridgeport. Hopefully there
is good news on Caldwell because he had leg surgery last season. It
will be interesting what moves happen from Atlantic City or elsewhere
because if a work-stoppage ended these players would likely become
Sound Tigers for good.
Should I bother writing I wish Hunter and DiPietro are playing for
the Sound Tigers again? Oops..
Meanwhile Hartford has Lundmark. (who has not see the minors in
It would be nice to see Jeff Hamilton get back on the ice, this is
still an Islander prospect.
Excellent article by Michael Fornabio on the game preperation in
the Ct Post the other day. Anyone notice 2000+ more fans attended the
second Tigers-Wolfpack game at Harbor Yard as opposed to the first
and both games were televised?
Too bad Wang/Vanderbeek-Lamoriello and the Dolan's cannot get
together on showing Sound Tigers or RiverRats here. Metro and Fox sit
open with no programming most nights. Who even knows when those
infrequent Wolfpack games air?