why am i against a cap ?

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  1. Brent Burns Beard

    Brent Burns Beard DontTouchMyDonskoi!

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    here is why i am against a cap and why all you cappers are going to regret "winning" the cap battle.

    first, i dont care how much or little the players make. 100k is an awesome salary for a year, never mind the double that or 10x that. thats not hte issue.

    the issue is if the owners get their cap, its going to come at the cost of a 25 or 26 or at best a 27 year old UFA age. you think if the owners get their homerun (a cap) that the players wont demand a homerun for themselves too ?

    so, prepare yourself for a new NHL where players can leave your team once they hit their prime and there is nothing you can do about it and you wont have ANYTHING to show for it. nothing, zero, zilch.

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    Last CBA the players got a *one* year reduction from 32 down to 31. You think they're going to get at *least* four years this time? With far less bargaining power this time? Impossible.
     
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    Who cares man... the system is broke and needs to be FIXED!!! I don't care about the players, I hope for the TEAM!!! The logo on the front is more important than the name on the back, that will never change for me! The players need to start thinking that way also!
     
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    Brent Burns Beard DontTouchMyDonskoi!

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    last CBA the players didnt give up the salary cap, so they didnt ask for hte homerun on UFA. this CBA, they sure do have the bargaining power if they finally agree to a cap.

    you dont think that if the owners get their homerun the players wont get theirs ? in the end, it doesnt hurt the owners to give up a lower UFA and get a cap. it hurts the FANS who like having Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa and Vincent Levalivaier tied up until they are 31.

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  5. Brent Burns Beard

    Brent Burns Beard DontTouchMyDonskoi!

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    read what i posted .. i dont care how much they make either .. i just happen to like keeping the guys i like with the jersey of the team i like.

    i dont want Matt Cooke to have UFA at age 26 or for Jarome Iginla to have UFA etc ....
     
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    Since you are against the cap, I assume you are a fan of a big money NHL team. Which one is it?
     
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    I guess we have to punish teams that are successful by slamming them with a cap then? Is that how the NHL should be run? After a cap... every team will be mediocre. That would really hurt the NHL from a fans perspective. But, it gives poor teams a chance to win. Yippie.
     
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    i live in Calgary.

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    I understand your sentiment, but isn't this truely inevitable? Eventually with the next 10 years of CBA negotiations again, the age will come down more and more.

    That's why I say the homegrown cap...keep the teams together first and foremost, restrict the UFA's without disabling them.
     
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    If a cap is put in place, they need to install a franchise tag like the NFL has.
     
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    The franchise tag is a joke, and more of a hindrance to the player than not.
     
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    God I`m sick of people saying this. Are the players suddenly going to suck after their is a cap? It is true that we might not see stacked teams like Toronto, Philly, Detroit, Colorado etc... But to say that all teams will be mediocre is rediculous.
     
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    Well, a lot of teams can't afford to keep their good young players until then the way things are now, so big deal.
     
  14. FlyersFan10*

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    See, the big problem I have with a salary cap is that the cap will allow bad owners to make a profit. There's no incentive to improve a team. Mediocre teams will make a lot of money. The league needs to address that issue. I mean, c'mon. If a salary cap is instituted, then think of big market teams like Boston and Chicago. The owners are skin flints to begin with and a salary cap will give them all the more reason to continue to be so. There should be a competitive balance rule in place. For instance, if a team is accused of knowingly tanking it just so that it can make a higher profit, then the team should be fined and be fined quite heavily. As well, if a maximum is going to be placed on spending, then there should be a salary minimum. I agree that 31 million per team is too low. If the league says that revenue is $2.1 billion, and they want to split 50/50 with players, then the cap per team would be $35 million. I'd say this. A salary cap of 42 million per team (60% of the revenue). A salary minimum of 35 million per team. Anyone found guilty of intentionally tanking so that they can generate more revenue and profit, they give up all their revenue for that year and put it in the NHL Retirement Fund. In return for the salary cap, the players get unrestricted free agency after they complete their first contract. :banana:
     
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    BS ... every team can afford to keep their young players and if they cant they arent an NHL market...

    what team cant afford their young players ?

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    Have Cap Room Buddy...

    Salary Cap, means DR that in order to a team to sign another player, a very talented one, that they would require having room under the salary cap to fit that player onto their roster. That means, that the Wings, Leafs and Rangers, etc. need to have 5 or 6 million under the cap to sign an Iginla, Lecavalier, Heatley, etc. away from another team. They may be able to do it one year, but really, they can't do it each year and still ice a competitive team.

    We've seen, time and time again that 1 great player one your team means squat in the current NHL.

    By your logic, the Packers should not have Brett Favre on their team, the Colts should not have Peyton Manning on their team, whom they signed to an extension this past summer because they would have left as free agents to the likes of the Cowboys, Redskins, etc.
     
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    Okay... How about good, not old players. Weight, Hamrlik, Guerin, Niinimaa... The Oilers had to give them all up prior to UFA age anyways.
     
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    Brent Burns Beard DontTouchMyDonskoi!

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    im not completly up to speed on the NFL, but its not just stars I am talking about.

    25 UFA affects all the players, guys like Matt Cooke cant leave the Canucks until they dont want him anymore (or he gets to 31). With a lowered UFA, he can leave.

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    Brent Burns Beard DontTouchMyDonskoi!

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    you are so focused on your own little team. the reason EDM couldnt afford those players was because for 10 years they drafted NOBODY. they didnt build a winner and therefore didnt have winner revenue to support those types of players.

    besides, so what .. you lost those expensive players and then replaced them with younger cheaper players, whats wrong with that ?

    Reasoner, Brewer, Dvorak, Torres, Isbister, Stoll and JDD. if the owners win their cap, Hamrlik, Weight, Guerin, Niinima and others will be able to leave your team for nothing when they hit 25 or 26 and you woudnt have this nice list of young cheap players now. you would have nothing ! not because you cant afford to keep players (cap) but because no one will want to stay with a team like EDM that cant draft and build a winning team.

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    Works the same way still IMO...

    Whether it's Matt Cooke or Markus Naslund, a team needs to have cap room. Obviously to get Naslund requires more cap room, but you still can't go and over spend on a Matt Cooke because it eats up cap room which you could allocate part of to someone else.

    Are they "Bad Contracts" in the NFL. Sure, the Detroit Lions signed Az Hakim, the 3rd WR from the St. Louis Rams to a big contract, but Hakim left a good playoff team in the Rams to sign with the lowly Lions. Why, cause the Lions had plenty of Cap room because they don't have many good players on their team.

    So, every single contract under a Cap system counts, which means hard decisions are made each year.

    Every team operates under that same philosophy, so if the Nucks lose Cooke because a team, let's use Pittsburgh because of their low payroll, then the Nucks have to look elsewhere for a replacement. They have to find someone to fill Cooke's roll at or below the salary they have allotted for Cooke.
     
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    Uh, yeah. I'm not going to apologize for being a fan. I don't think I should have to.

    The last few years they've had plenty of revenue. Sellouts all the time. 3rd jersey sales through the roof. Yet if things don't change, they won't survive. Why doesn't that click for you?

    Okay. Then what's wrong with losing players to free agency at 25 or 26 (as you strangely insist on), and signing younger players to replace them?

    Okay, you lost me. You haven't noticed the incredible improvement in Oiler drafting since the new management took over? I'd rather have it that way. It makes management more accountable because everyone's on a level playing field.

    If my team's bad, I'd want it to be because of bad drafting, if super high salaries are the only other option. At least that way, there's room for improvement. If things stay the way there are now, we'll have no team. I'll take bad team over no team, thanks.
     
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    see, this is what im going to hate if the owners win and why i dont want a cap. why shouldnt the Canucks be able to keep Matt Cooke until he is 31 ? as a fan, the cap is going to suck.

    id rather a team can make its own decisions for its own reasons and not be bound by some artificial financial rule. especially when i also believe the CAP is doing nothing to solve the leagues finance troubles.

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  23. YellHockey*

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    Sellouts don't mean that much when your ticket prices are lower then that of a contender. And how many playoff games have they had in Edmonton over the past decade? You don't think the Oilers could have kept a player or two extra if they had averaged five or six more playoff dates a year?

    How does improved drafting now (although its hard to say for sure if their drafting has improved since they only have Hemsky and Semenov to show for it) keep the players two to four years ago?

    Why are you complaining about an unlevel playing field when your management was inept and responsible for your team's woes?

    Your team was bad because of drafting. They had their head scout based in freaking Mexico for crying out loud. The only excuse they could use was to blame the big market teams. And the suckers in Edmonton bought it.
     
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    and it was BAD because of bad drafting and thats why you couldnt afford to keep Weight, Guerin, and Hamrlik.

    so whats your point ?

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    You don't think they would have been able to get more playoff games if they had been able to keep (or get) a decent player or two?


    I didn't say it did. DR was using the present tense, so I assumed he meant now, naturally.

    Because the management is different, and much better now. Yet the situation still won't change, and the owners have said that many times. Good management, bad management; good drafting, bad drafting; high attendance, low attendance; none of it will matter because there won't be a team. No offense, but I'll take their word over yours.



    If you think salaries had nothing to do with it, you're only kidding yourself.
     
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