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Thursday, July 16, 2009

How would you change the cap?

I've been thinking and while I am all for a salary cap, I think it sucks for teams when they draft a lot of talent and then lose it because of cap issues.  If I could change a thing to the cap, it would be this.

Players either drafted or acquired before playing two full seasons in the NHL may be signed to contracts, at which 50% of the deal would count against the cap.  

What this would do is allow teams to sign their own players for market value, and make staying with the team who drafted you more appealing.  

The counter would be that more cap space means UFA's get more money, but it is also true that less free agents would make it to the market.

For example, take Phil Kessel.  Drafted by Boston, so if we signed to a 4 year, 20 million dollar deal, his cap hit would be only 2 million, not 4 like if he was a UFA and signed with another team.

Also, take Roberto Luongo.  Drafted by the Islanders, but traded to Florida after a half a season, under my rule, he would still be able to sign a deal that counted only as 50% of the cap hit.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

worst idea ever.

11:14 PM  
Anonymous james said...

I agree. Its a terrible idea. just because the bruins have some players up for contracts doesnt mean you change the whole system. if that were the case detroit would be even more stacked then they are now. you can then wipe out trades between teams because no one would trade, especially at the trade deadline.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That would create shift in supply for available UFA's. As the supply for those UFA's goes down the price of their contracts and thus their cap hit would go up...Guys like Hossa would be getting cap numbers of 10-15 million a season and would ultimately only hurt the entire system.

10:11 AM  
Blogger Mook said...

i like the cap, keeps things interesting and exposes teams with shitty management (like the leafs and habs)

10:13 AM  
Anonymous psands said...

its not a terrible idea but it would not work. i just wish that they would make the cap higher. keep the limit on how much a player can make but bring the cap up.

btw matt i know somebody on here said this in a post half way through the season, i remember someone saying the exact same thing.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What if you were allowed an option for buying out bad contracts but able to spread the cap hit over multiple seasons...for example say the bruins wanted to buy out player making 6 million a season...a buyout would create a 3 million cap hit for a player not on the roster...instead of paying it in that year the team could be given the option to spread it over 3 years for a total of only 1 million a season

12:35 PM  
Anonymous vince m said...

How about having 1 franchise player whose salary doesn't go against the cap? Dosen't the NFL have something like that?

12:57 PM  
Blogger Mook said...

i like the 1 franchise player...and put restrictions (6 year contracts or longer)

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

matt where do you come up with these idiotic ideas?

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unlike the others here, i like the idea. It puts the emphasis on developing your own talent and not stealing another team's players. It would mean we wouldn't have to worry as much about losing good young talent as soon as they are UFA's. Teams like the Rangers would have to learn to draft and be patient. Unfortunately this will never happen because the players union would see it as a way to restrict their movement and getting more money (even when they don't deserve it, hello Scott Gomez). This kind of cap system, unfortunately, must be relegated to fantasy leagues.

5:49 PM  
Anonymous James said...

okay matt no need to post under anonymous

6:22 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Eklund/Oilers-Giving-Up-sorta--Boston-has-a-VERY-strong-offer-for-Kessel/1/22191

i know its eklund but who knows.

6:51 PM  
Anonymous jimmy50 said...

I think some of you guys misunderstood his point. This would not allow teams to keep all their free agents. It would only allow teams to keep players they drafted. His point is too many times teams are forced to trade players like Kessel who on a team close the cap made a low base salary, now due a raise, cannot stay because of the same cap number his current team has. I would love to see teams be able to build championships rather than buy them. That's my two cents anyways.

9:44 PM  
Anonymous jimmy50 said...

As for the Kessel rumor I truly believe you can say good bye to about 25 goals, and take away value from Marc Savard.

If the trade does go through I would assume prospects and draft picks are coming are way and the lines will be.

Lucic Savard Recchi
Sturm Bergeron Kobasew
Wheeler Krecji Ryder
Thorton Begin then re-sign Axelsson

9:54 PM  

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