August 23, 2012

NHL Problems

Yesterday Taylor hall signed a 7 year $42 Milllion deal with Edmonton. This is significant to me for 2 reasons. As most people know, the current CBA has expired and the NHL Players Association and the NHL (Owners) are trying to come up with a new labor agreement soon, so as not to have a repeat of 2005 and miss the entire season. The owners already said they WILL lock the players out on Spetember 15th, 2012 unless a new labor contract is agreed upon.

The NHL Players Association, Led by Donald Fehr, who was the head of the MLB Players Association in 1994, the strike-shortened baseball season. 

What the owners want:  1. Rollback in player salaries 2. Reduce the the player's cut of NHL revenues pie down from 57% to 43%. They have also pushed for contract lengths to be capped at 5 years and proposed a bunch of different variations on the idea that a player would not become a free agent until 10 years of service in the league. 


The NHL and it's Owners, Led by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman (has already seen 2 work stoppages/shortened season under his tenure) 

What the players want: Well first, they are against all those things listed above. Secondly they want to install a revenue-sharing structure, where the leagues most profitable teams annually contribute to a program that would help support and grow the lesser profitable clubs. A similar system is currently used in the MLB. The players Union also wants to severe the tie between the salary cap and revenues. As it stood for the past 7 years, the salary cap would fluctuate based on the revenue stream of the league. The Players have proposed a system where the cap will gradually increase at a rate of about 2% each year. 

I'm not going to sit here and pretend I know what is going to happen... but I WILL sit here and blast the Owners. I just don't understand how the same group of people say they want short contracts and capped contracts, but take a look at a few of these HUGE contracts that have been doled out recently:

July 2012- Zach Parise 13 years/ 98 Million 
July 2012- Ryan Suter 13 years/98 Million
August 2012 - Pacioretty 6 years/ 27 Million
August 2012- Taylor hall 7 Years/42 Million
August 2012- Wayne Simmonds 6 years/ 24 Million  
August 2012- Scott Hartnell 6 years/ 25.2 Million
August 2012- Jeff Skinner 6 years/ 35 Million

How can the owners of these teams sit in these labor negotiations with a straight face? It's pretty sickening to think about guys THAT rich acting SO desperate for EVERY dollar when they are handing out these long-term contracts at the same time. 

Anyway, Part 2 of this entry I want to focus on Taylor Hall's contract and how that may affect negotiations between the Bruins and Tyler Seguin, seeing as they entered the league together and were both highly regarded as the 2 standouts of the 2012 draft. (Thank you, Kessel)

                 Rookie Deal         NHL Games        Goals        Assists          +/-       Points Per Game


Hall3y @ 2.7M 1264995-12 1.14
Seguin3y @ 2.7M     1754554300.565

Hall averages about 18 minutes again, including ample PP time
Seguin averaged 12 min TOI his rookie season, up to 17 his second season, not as much PP time. 

Obviously, Taylor Hall has been more productive, as he should be. He gets a lot more ice time in Edmonton, he's on the top line with other very skilled players, and he is the key piece in the Oilers PP. Conversely, Seguin had VERY limited ice time at first- the nature of how the Bruins play the game means Seguin won't be a horse when it comes to TOI, he will be slotted to play wing or center for ANY of the first 3 lines, and his role is just now growing on the PP. 

Oh not to mention Seguin has Cup experience, and proved he shines under the lights with those nifty moves in the 2011 playoffs.

Anyway I think Seguin deserves every bit as much as Hall got. I think the Bruins are being cautious in signings until the CBA is worked out... Next Summer is a huge Summer for the Bruins with 7 prominent players all up for some sort of free agent status. My guess is Seguin gets extended during the season something like 5 years 35 million. I'd be happy with that and so should the Bruins. Enjoy the amazing video:

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