Re: Krys Barch-Hammered
posted at 10/1/2012 11:35 AM EDT
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
Public perception and understanding problems begin when you compare the NHL to McDonald's. NHL players are not treated like McDonald's staff. McDonald's pays the lowest wage it can - typically minimum wage - because if you don't like it, you are welcome to go work elsewhere. If you wanted the NHL to be like McDonald's, you'd be advocating for the NHL to say sayonara to any player who didn't accept a unilaterally imposed pay scale and bring up the next man in line who's willing to take $1.2M instead of $1.5. In fact, they do do this for about 20% of their rosters, and some years, some teams are doing this with 50% of the roster - letting guys walk because a rookie on an ELC with a $1M salary can do the job or a manageable facsimilie of the job.
You'd be better to compare the NHL to auto makers dealing with strong unions.
I'm also not convinced this is about guaranteed profitability or imposing conditions based on the weakest franchises being profitable. I think it's more that all of the franchises have to be viable, and viable means making enough above operating expenses to at least service debts. Viable also means they have to have the tools to be able to compete on the ice, which they can't do even if they draft perfectly if they lose players as RFAs or UFAs or just to budget constraints. The best management won't make you competitive if the system works against you.
As for markets...who foots the bill to move franchises from a failed locale or a place where the tax payers refuse to pay for privately owned infrastructure? The owners. And who knows whether Portland, Seattle, Quebec, Hamilton, Saskatoon, Kansas City, or Tuktoyaktuk would be competitive financially? KC and Quebec have previously gassed teams, and the Pacific NW, while strong markets for the WHL, might balk at the 500% increase in price to see an NHL game. Keeping those weak 5-10 teams alive and viable means keeping 100-250 NHL jobs and makes the market for player services more competitive, which keeps salaries rising. In other words, they have a huge interest in viability.
This is the reason that I'm afraid we won't have a season afterall. Can someone have the players understand or buy in to this ?