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Friday, July 04, 2008

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?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

in soccer when you get a player, not only do you pay the salary but you pay a fee to the player's team to get him (unless its a free agent). So if a soccer team wanted to get a huge player, apart from the enormous salary they would pay the player, they would have to pay the current team a far greater amount of money to "trade" or let the player go. since hockey does not work this way, this rule would be kind of awkward - soccer you get a certain amount of money for transfers (money paid to other teams for players), but hockey there is no such thing, just a salary cap...

10:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like this rule, but we still wouldn't get guys like Hossa.

11:32 PM  
Anonymous bergie37 said...

stupid...because then you would see free agent prices sky rocket and guys would want 20 million dolllar deals like nfl/mlb...not worth it in a long shot because you as a team still need to pay for it...that would be like it was before the lockout...stupid

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But offering Sundin 2 yrs. 20 million in the current system is O.K.???? I like the idea. Salaries are crazy now anyway ( Finger, Hainsy....and the list goes on)

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't compare the NHL and NFL. NFL you get cut, bye-bye guaranteed money !

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:55 PM  
Anonymous bergie37 said...

AMEN TO THAT...bases loaded no outs we shoulda scored

7:10 PM  
Anonymous vince m said...

what is this rumor that I am hearing that the Bruins are in the market for Schneider?

vince m

2:42 PM  
Anonymous bergie37 said...

hopefully for muzz's expiring contract

2:55 PM  
Blogger Federko said...

Bs need to shed, not gain, and the Beckham rule will never happen.

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

schaeffer and a pick for scheneider would be fine doubt they want murray.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous da wreck said...

Anaheim waived Todd Bertuzzi because of a $4 million contract, so getting Murray does nothing for them..

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget that Jacobs and the Bruins do not like to spend money. (they sure like to charge it though!) So even if this did exist, they still would not take advantage of this rule.

7:49 AM  
Anonymous mook said...

so yeah, any rumours?

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

None to speak of Mook. Do you want to start one?

7:48 AM  
Anonymous mook said...

murray, alberts and ken hodge jr. for eric staal and the negotiating rights to zarley zalapski. i heard it from eklund so it must be real.

patrice bergeron and david ortiz for mats sundin and vernon wells in the fisrt-ever inter-sport player trade. that too, from eklund.

2:58 PM  
Anonymous vince m said...

is this thing on?


(knock, knock)


PC - you listening?

6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This site is out of date what about BERGERON being on mission. Im telling ya 100pts this year. Where going to give out some ass whoopen this year WHOOOO Fallse Ontario

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mook, See if we can get Doug Houda to come off the bench, and become a player/coach. Then we will be in business!

Any chance we can get Rosie Ruzicka back over here from coaching overseas?

7:51 AM  
Blogger Jefe77 said...

...just in! E5; Mats Sundin to sign with the Mexican Club; the Tijuana Gato Tacos.

Details to follow....

1:11 PM  
Anonymous mook said...


E5: I make shit up. Surprise to all you suckers who paid for a "seasons pass" so you can read what pretty numbers i put next to players names, even those who are already signed! psyche!

E4: sundin to montreal. i hear from a source that mats sundin took a big dump, and it looked like the habs CH symbol, so he took it as a sign.

the best are ones like this:
E4: Edmonton interested in Marleau.

Interested?!?!?! thanks a lot! Winnipeg in interested in getting another NHL franchise and there is no way that'll ever happen! M6!!

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well played mook.....well played!

2:33 PM  
Anonymous vince m said...

Ah, Mook. I am from Winnipeg, and we are still hoping. We can support one and we do have 1 or 2 people with money. I could see Florida moving here, or even Atlanta.

Even the little troll Bettman (?) has said it could happen.

vince m

3:22 PM  
Blogger Federko said...

Check out McKeon's site. I was at the rookie camp on Wednesday and suggest anyone who can, should attend (I sent McKeon some pics I took while there). These kids are working their asses off and my only regret is I didn't go today when Neely laced them up (for a second time) and was participating in some of the drills.

btw.. screw Eklund.. the guy is a tool. TFP seems to be more in touch for up to date info.

8:36 PM  
Blogger ASC77 said...

I don't think this would be fair towards the other teams. From my understand, mind you I may have this mixed up, one player from each team would be getting paid by the other teams to play for one team. This would mean that every NHL team would be paying a different amount per player. So if Chara gets 7.5 million and that is divided up between all the teams they would pay around 250,000 to the bruins for him, but what happens when say the oilers have a highest paid player of only 4.5 million? Is it fair to make the oilers pay 250,000 to the bruins for chara but receive only a fraction of that for their player's contract? This rule seemingly goes against the idea of having a salary cap, which is to keep the wealth/talent spread out giving each team a chance to sign a few major players and some great supporting players as well. By allowing the other teams to pick up the tab for Boston to have Chara or Toronto to have Sundin, you bypass the cap process. It's like stealing from the poor to give to the rich. Also what is going to prevent a team from offering a $10 million a year for 15 years contract to everyone so that the rest of the league can pick up the tab for them to receive a ridiculous amount of money not even cominmg from their teams?

1:01 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Because the salary cannot exceed the 7.5% of the cap or w/e. Also, for 15 years do they REALLY want to have their elite player tie them up at the age of 43 or w/e. This rule basically extends the salary cap 7.5% of what it is, instead of trading cap space like Brian Burke supported.

8:22 PM  

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