Not perfect but here is the framework for a compromise that should satisfy owners, players and fans. This proposal will address and elimniate two of Bob's arguements about why he doesn't support a salary cap system; Bob does not want a salary cap because he says it does not provide for a free market system. He adds that caps result in high player turnover and is not fair to the fans who want to cheer for their favourite players and not see them traded because of cap problems like other leagues OR to his players who might prefer or want to remain with their teams to maybe bring their families up in one stable environment. We all know the NHL is not a free market system already so adapt the following proposal as a framework for discussion and compromise and BOB should be at least somewhat satisfied with this proposal. I see it as a true compromise that should give everyone close to what they want out of a fair working agreement to both sides. Gary wants cost certainty. Fans want to keep their favourite players around for more than an NFL year or two. Salary Cap / Player Development - CAP % Reduction Proposal Salary Cap of 53% (32 million hard cap) of annual average team Gross Revenue or approximately 1.4 million average salary based on todays figures but is subject to an annual correction or adjustment. GARY'S HAPPY. (add revised arbitration and reduced entry level contracts. Player Development % discount from cap. i.e. player is drafted by, signed as a free agent or traded to a team. - Once he has played for the same organization for 3 years only 90% of his salary counts towards the team cap. (the 10% savings can now be used to pay for other players) - 4 years played with same team 85% counts towards team cap (15% savings towards other players). - 5 years played with same team 80% counts towards team cap (20% savings towards other players). - 6 years 5% each year thereafter etc. etc. FANS and PLAYERS are happy because unlike the NFL there will be a mechanism that allows players and even encourages teams and players to be more loyal to each other. WIN WIN Yes, teams will end up paying more than 32 million cap but at least it gives a bone to BOB to get back to the table to negotiate a fair settlement and team budgets will be more balanced and kept in check with a properly structured system. Bob may not be totally happy as it's still a cap but it eliminates two of his excuses for not wanting a hard cap. This system also rewards the teams that manage their assets properly and put more effort into building a team though the draft, quality coaching and patience and may discourage teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs and formerly the New York Rangers from attempting to outbid teams ala the New York Yankees and from playing veteran based teams while they leave their prospects in the minors or just develop them for other organizations like they have been doing for years. I see this as the best Salary Cap proposal any league has come up with to date. It's the only cap that takes into cosideration everyone concerned. Thanks Go Coyotes for getting us started in the right direction. Maybe we should mediate! THOUGHTS?