Let me preface this idea with the statement that it will never happen. But here goes just for fun: All NHL players begin their career with the same base salary. A fixed increment is added to each salary for every year playing in the NHL. (ie. Players start at $500,00, an additional $100,000 added each year spent in the NHL so a player who has spent 5 years in the league would make $1 million). Incentives are built in to contracts. These incentives would have to reflect differences in position (ie. Forwards could be looking at goals, assists, points per game etc., while defensemen may be looking at plus minus, minutes played, and goalies for GAA, Shut outs etc). Any player would be free to sign endorsement deals to suppliment their income. If a player is truly an "elite" player, he should have no problem signing deals and doing TV/Media endorsements. I'm just sick of seeing players put up eye popping stats in their "contract year" only to mail in their efforts after signing the big deal. Once again, just food for thought although it would never ever happen.