A "Beckham Rule"?
In the MLS, there is a rule called the Beckham Rule, which allows teams to spend whatever amount of money they want on a player without him counting toward the cap. What if the NHL adopted this rule?
Many GM's such as Brian Burke want to be abled to send cash aka pay part of the outgoing players salary to other teams, basically trading cap space, to allow for more player movement. With so many teams within 4 million of the cap, player movement becomes very limiting.
My proposal is to instate the Beckham Rule. This would mean, the highest paid player on a team would NOT count against the salary cap. The highest earning player on the team, must have their salary be no more than 20% of the cap. Each season, the player with the highest earning salary may be different, therefore, each season the player being applied to the Beckham rule may change every season. So if Zdeno Chara was at 7.5 the Beckham player, say we signed Hossa at 8, he would be this season.
This rule keeps the salary cap in place, and keeps the salaries tied to revenue. All this rule does is allow for more cap space for trades and signings. It also allows teams to keep their franchise players at high salaries they deserve, without hindering the teams ability to field a competitive team.
What are your thoughts?