Re: Report out of Columbus
posted at 5/22/2012 7:09 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Report out of Columbus
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Report out of Columbus : The rich teams could sign and/or trade for all of the highest priced players. When it didn't work out, they could eat 90% of the deal and make a trade.
At least now, unless they are dealing with the Habs, albatross contracts stick like glue...which makes the GM more careful in negotiations. I see your profile pic is of baseball. That sport is the biggest joke running when it comes to salaries. Compare NYY to KC. I like hockey's current settings because they don't let the cash teams run away with all of the talent.
Posted by Not-A-Shot[/QUOTE]
The suggestion that I am proposing would mean that if a team trades a player and eats 90% of the contract, then 90% of that contract stays on their team as a cap hit. Teams would still have to take on responsibility for bad contracts.
For example, Columbus wants to trade Nash, but potential suitors are reluctant to take on such a large cap hit. In order to reach a deal, Columbus could absorb an agreed upon amount (say 20% - 1.56Million/Year) and lessen the cap hit on his new team. The new teams would then have a cap hit of $6.24 M for the remainder of the deal, and Columbus would have a cap hit of $1.56 M for the remaining years.
I am not suggesting that large market, high revenue teams should be able to pay off large contracts to eliminate them. That would, as you are saying, make the salary cap irrelevant for a team with a willing owner. Hopefully, this clarifies what I meant...
As for baseball, the current system is supremely flawed, but by next season the highest spenders will be reigned in under $190M to avoid paying steep luxury taxes. Unfortunately, that is still a significant salary range amongst teams. But MLB franchises are free market businesses and their owners run the teams to make money. If owners choose not to spend their portion of the salary tax money to improve their team...fans shouldn't be mad at the Yankees, Sox, Tigers, Rangers, Angels, and Mets...they should be mad at their owner.
I assume you bring up baseball to make a point that I know nothing about hockey, but...let's just stick to the topic at hand.