I'm going crazy with anger and frustration.
I'm going crazy with anger and frustration.
C'mon NHL, we just want to watch some hockey
Now it is the players that are looking bad instead of the owners. That was clever to put the 50-50 offer out there to get shot down since so many fans have been clamoring for 50-50 and everyone shut up and play
Howso? The players gave 4 options, and the owners throw a bitchfest... I thought the owners had made a good move with their 50/50 offer, but this makes them look like jackasses again to me.
Both sides are dick heads. The players always looked bad trying to spend time labeling themselves "victims". Both sides need to nut up and get back to the table. Other wise the NHL is as good as dead after this new strike ends.
Holy hyperbole batman
Until details of those 4 deals are released (doubtful) all we can go by is the statement that they arent even close to 50/50
I'd just like to take the time to click on this thread, type a comment and post about how I don't care about the NHL.
On a serious note, this is just one huge clusterfuck. I'm almost starting to wish that they would go to Euro soccer type rules. Let the Wings/Leafs/Canadians/Rangers/Bruins/Blackhawks offer whatever they can afford, parity be dammned. At least we'd be watching hockey at this point.
Why it's Maple Leafs and not Maple Leaves.
Well f***ety buckety boo.
Mr lahey? Millionaires or billionaires?
Not Mr Lahey, but they're all acting like entitled pricks. Both sides have been doing great things over the past 8 years to increase revenue substantially in a very shitty economy. Instead of patting each other on the back and finding a fair way to split the money, both would rather play a game of "who can hold their breath the longest" as if it proves who has the bigger dick.
If asked publicly I blame the owners, but both sides can go to hell.
In related news, a group of MSU Food Management grads just told McDonalds that they won't work for them anymore unless they get 55% of all revenue.
a short regular season, and then playoff hockey which is really the only hockey worth watching.
A term limit of five years on any future contracts and a stipulation that the average annual value can vary only up to 5 percent. This mechanism is designed to eliminate long-term, back-loaded contracts. The NHL wants to prohibit lengthy deals, such as the $98 million, 13-year contracts Minnesota agreed to in July with forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter.
From the ESPN article......
FWIW from a purely philosophical position I'm about as "anti-union" as people come which is why I support the PLAYERS in this mess. The free market works pretty damn well allowed to and I have zero sympathy for owners who want a system put in place to save them from themselves. You don't want to pay big conracts? Don't pay big contracts....it's not that hard.
And if they're genuinely concerned about team profits then adopt a revenue sharing model a-la the NFL where all teams make more or less the same amount of money. The idea that the players have to agree to a system to save the owners from themselves is insane. Why cant the owners just say no if they don't want to pay out these type of contracts?
Actually, the latest proposal from the owners doesn't completely save them from themselves... there are hefty penalties for those long term contracts that teams have signed. The team that signed them will be responsible for the cap hit on remaining years even if the player retires. If the player gets traded and then retires, the orignial team is responsible for the cap hit on the remaining years. Also, all one and two-way contracts will count against a teams salary cap... so no more moving an underperforming big contract to the AHL in order to avoid the cap hit.
Bottom line, the players finally put together a proposal with a 50-50 split... so there should be a deal to be made. It all comes down to how much of currently signed contracts the owners are willing to pay. Hopefully they get back together soon and figure it out. Funny how the fans are the ones paying the bills, and they're also the ones getting hurt the most... it's like Herb Brooks used to say: "They're bending you over out there, and they're not using vaseline."
I also heard the owners want the players to take a further 13% paycut. You will recall that last time this mess happened that the players took a 25% paycut. I just can't get on either side of this fight here. The owners setting rules to try and restrain their own stupidity, but at the same time blaming the players.
All this happening while a once great sport is falling further and further down the ranks behind NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NBA, NCAAMB, Soccer, etc etc.
Everybody let's pick a favorite KHL team!